Big Switch and Outliers

January 30, 2009

11:41 PM 1/29/2009
I am reading such a good book, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I have read all of his books and I believe this is his best. He dimenstrates what it takes to be successful. e basically shows that it is how you are raised and that it takes about 10,000 hours to become world-class at a skill.

This is the second extremely interesting book I have read in the past month (not all books that I read as this interesting, some are good and some do me good by reading them). The first was The Big Switch where the author talked about cloud computing. The death of the business servers or home computer wasn’t the interesting part the history he used to make his points was the best parts.

Back to Outliers, one example he used is the difference between poor and wealth parents and the different styles of parenting. I can understand what he is talking about, I have experienced both sides. First as a poor child (my wife’s experiences too), then while I try to raise my children to be even more successful than I have been. I can also see his examples of the difference between people from Appalachia and Northerners. I have lived that too, and it’s so true that people from that area are hung up on personal honor to a fault.

Back to the 10,000 hours do I still have time to be an expert in anything? Yes, I can be an expert at my job. I can be the best at what I do for 50 hours a week for the 200 weks it will take. It will only take me a little while longer, maybe longer since my production line is getting all new equipment (same principles different machines). I’ll have to kinda start over.

Finished the book. Excellent book! This is a must read for a parent who wants his child to succeed in our competive world. And for anyone to understand what it takes to be an expert.

Malcolm’s book is the best of the three!