Malcolm Gladwell's upcoming new book Outliers: The Story of Success (November 18, Little Brown and Company) takes readers on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" -- the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. Gladwell asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?
His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.
Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. Watch/Hear Malcolm
describe the phenomenon in Video.
For participating early adopters of social media, like the Book Blogs community here on Ning, I think in our own way each of us are Outliers (well, maybe not in the Bill Gates or Hillary Clinton mode of Outliers but still, our friends and families think we're pretty hip, right?)
I'd love hearing how you're an Outlier in your life. If you post a comment to this thread, I'll send you a copy of the book as a thank you for contributing to the conversation :-)
Or if you're just interested in receiving a review copy w/o commenting, please email me your name, blog URL, and postal address. Thanks!