Let's revisit the legendary book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

I revisit an old classic book from my early years as an aspiring entrepreneur. Legendary books never get old.


By Malcolm Gladwell

What a phenomenal book for the aspiring entrepreneur in every obvious way. For me, the definition of an entrepreneur was simply an individual seeking true mastery over his or her passion. If you have a strong attachment or passion for something specific and are able to make a living while driving self-actualization, you are mastering your course.

Gladwell utilizes many concepts that originate from some of the most influential people of the past century and performs a significant amount of research into what made that person so prominent. Gladwell’s ability to demonstrate his reasoning with cold hard facts around the lives of these true masters of their fields is what has always made this piece of literature stand out in my mind. It is the gritty hard truth of life that makes many of these super-hero like individuals take form as down to earth humans. This book is truly driven by the hard truth of diligent work and exercise for being what it takes to become ultimately a legend. Furthermore, Gladwell’s ability to frame these extraordinary accomplishments into relatable qualities makes this book a must read for anyone reaching for more in life than what is presented by mainstream media today.

When I read this book early in my young adult life, the book made me want to practice the drums and learn to become a pro. I was motivated to hop onto a computer and figure out more technical coding without the afterthought of the sheer immensity of what it would take to become relevant at such a challenging trade. Mastery seemed feasible to me and this book ultimately helped drive me to relentlessly pursue my own mastery of trade, entrepreneurship. I knew early on that my best path to business success was to achieve the most challenging credentials and to pursue the least popular trade, accounting. This book gave me the understanding that eventually, given enough practice, you will become master-class in a given field if you push yourself to constantly challenge the status quo.

Having a goal is not enough. We must be infinitely engaged, searching for challenge at every corner and never allowing complacency to rule any day. Greatness is earned, legendary status is sought through blood and sacrifice.

Gladwell takes an entirely different approach at the subjective reasoning above to apply some highly sophisticated quantifiable psychology regarding certain success stories. If there was a critique to the book at all, it would have been how the comparative reasoning when discussing wealth as a success factor tried to drive the point that money gives more influence than to those without money. I feel like such an obvious level of reasoning was elementary to the other messages within the book. This is an obvious logical function as a perception within society to me personally and many in my generation. Alternatively, I do understand that certain individuals born into highly fortunate positions early on need to be reminded of their own privilege. I ultimately commend Gladwell for bringing up such a crucial component of this argument to address a variable apparent within our external influences.

Such a great book deserves constant recognition in my opinion. The lessons learned in this book really give credit to the industrial and organizational research done during the late 20th century. For those with analytical and research driven minds for the 21st century, this literature really helps formulate our most precious resource, time, into the equation for success.