Resource Library Book Review: Outliers: The Story of Success

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Outliers: The Story of Success
Malcom Gladwell

I had previously read this book in my introductory leadership class during my freshmen year and loved it! I still loved going back and re-reading it now as a senior. Malcom Gladwell covers just about everything in this book, all while making it intriguing. Gladwell looks at the understanding of success outside of the normal schemes including culture, family, upbringing, and even what part of the year one was born in. “Is there such a thing as innate talent? The obvious answer is yes….[but] the emerging pictures from such studies is that ten thousand hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert – in anything (pg. 39-40).” While being a world-class expert might not be what a student is looking for, it is encouraging to know with enough hours and practice, anything can be accomplished. I would recommend this book to any student, whether you’re a first-year struggling with college and career/major exploration or a senior about to graduate that wants to be successful in their field.

Written By: Noelle Anna, ’17

The Career Services Resource Library, located in Tyler Haynes Commons, Suite 306, features career-related books and other printed materials cataloged through the Boatwright Memorial Library system. Additionally, the office has an online resource library that can be found here

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