BOOK REVIEW: “Outliers: The Story of Success”

The team here at Behind-the-Hustle want you all to be successful. But we also want you to know that success will be anything but easy, despite how simple some of our friends make it seem. Enter Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success which explores and challenges the real stories behind the elusive “success” by investigating the story behind the success of icons like the  Bill Gates, The Beatles and more. The name may sound familiar as Gladwell is also the author of influential bestsellers The Tipping Point and Blink.

In Outliers, Gladwell attempts to debunk the “myth” that success is largely a matter of intelligence and ambition alone. He argues although “success follows a predictable course. It is not the brightest who succeed…Outliers are those who have been given opportunities–and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them”. While factors such as generation, family, culture, class and connections are hugely important, another common denominator of successful people is the “10,000-hour rule”. For this, Gladwell points to several studies that state whether you’re a basketball player, writer, musician or master criminal, ten thousand hours of practice are required to achieve true mastery.

Although Outliers won’t give you a step-by-step guide on how to achieve your own success, it will give you a big picture look at the nitty-gritty of what it will take to get there. Get to work young hustlers.