From the Magazine: “Paradigm shift? Uhm, not really” – A review of the book, ‘Outliers’

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7 Responses

  1. Joachim says:

    This review is quite thin. Very thin, in fact.

  2. Chikdi says:

    Thin is even good. What me I dont get is how anyone can mis-identify the signidicance of Outliers!

  3. Bankole says:

    The book isn’t meant to predict the future, it explains the past and puts the achievements of successful people in contexts of their environments. It explains how Bill Gates or the Beatles or any of the other ‘outliers’ in the book achieved such resounding success making the process seem entirely human and not supernatural. These successes were as much a product of the person’s environment as much as willpower, hardwork and natural skill. Until this book, synopses of success focused on the person, now we see that the environment is an equally important factor – a fact you completely ignored in your review.

    • Heya @Bankole:

      I didn’t say it was meant to predict the future, only that it would have added even more value for me if it did. On the “environment”:
      “First he tells us about ice hockey and the birthdays of the best players. Apparently Gladwell believes there is a registration deadline for being a good hockey player. Next is the argument that your social status influences your chances of greatness. By Gladwell’s theory, If you come from a middle to lower class background, you will probably feel deferent and have a lower sense of entitlement that a person with a more privileged background. This was a very uncomfortable theory for me.” Does that sound familiar?

  4. 'Demola says:

    I think Mr. Adeyanju read only a few pages of the book

  5. Oriyomi says:

    I also read this book and I must agree with Demola that probably Adeyanju did not finish the book.

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