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Outliers - The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell

Buch-Review - Hannes Kleist - 14.11.2018

Outliers - The Story of Success

This book dispells the myth of talent or one-hit wonders. All great artists, athletes and professionals in general just perfected their craft in 10,000 hours of practice.


The students who would end up the best in their class began to practice more than everyone else. In fact, by the age of twenty, the elite performers had each totaled ten thousand hours of practice. We couldn’t find any “naturals,” musicians who floated effortlessly to the top while practicing a fraction of the time their peers did. Nor could they find any “grinds,” people who worked harder than everyone else, yet just didn’t have what it takes to break the top ranks.

I love this. You do not need talent at all. Just hard work.

The earliest that is now regarded as a masterwork (№9, K. 271) was not composed until he was twenty-one: by that time Mozart had already been composing concertos for ten years.

Even Mozart had to put his 10,000 hours in.

Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.

True artists deliver!

Autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward — are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying.

So simple.

“Most people agree” is a bit too lax for my taste in science, though.


If you see me doing something stupid, it’s because I don’t fly very often. So tell me. Help me out.

An aeroplane pilot used that phrase to encourage their co-pilots to speak up more.

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