I've always been interested in why people turn out the way they do and how some people succeed in this world while others do not.
Outliers is the first book in a long time that's made me rethink what I learned while studying psychology at university and think about the reasons why certain things occur.
Is Bill Gates a success story because he's smart? hardworking? in the right place at the right time? born in a certain time period?
The author tries to minimize rags to riches stories and suggests that successful people are where they are because they had the right opportunities at exactly the right time.
Is it purely a coincidence that two-thirds of Canada's pro hockey players were born in January or February?
Should children born in December be kept back from starting school, as they will have the same expectations as children who are potentially 11-12 months older? Do December babies ever catch up?
These are a few of the topics discussed in the book. Is the author one-sided? Yes. But he got me thinking, and that's the important thing! I'd recommend this book for anyone who's interested in analyzing human behaviour. 4/5 Stars!