An outlier is a statistical observation that is markedly different in value from the others of the sample. Gladwell's latest book, Outliers, studies exceptionally successful people from an entirely unexplored perspective. I am just about done with it and in my next post I hope to summarize the main thoughts. Basically, Gladwell argues that we tend to focus too much on the personality based reasons of success and we ignore to observe and analyze the special conditions, extra opportunities and other such external factors in evaluating a person's success.
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