Book of the Weekend: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

By | March 15, 2009


This is the book I bought at the weekend. It’s an interesting read and Gladwell makes his argument clearly: “Examining the lives of outliers from Mozart to Bill Gates, he builds a convincing case for how successful people rise on a tide of advantages, “some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky”.”

Check out the review on Amazon to see what it’s like.

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3 thoughts on “Book of the Weekend: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

  1. Tim in Taipei

    Hi Mr. D. I was reading an earlier posting of yours about the challenges of daily posting. I'm amazed that you have the time in your busy life to even think about daily posts. I'm ashamed to say that I'm so overwhelmed with work and underwhelmed with time management skills that I don't even get to read a newspaper… for as long as a week. Yes, I'm "newsless" this week, and not at all happy about it. But I must ask: does the goal of posting something every day sacrifice the more important feature of saying something worth saying? And another fascinating question: why blog? I've got a couple of blogs, but I know that only my closest friends and some family members actually read them, so my blog is more a source of private diary writing or a site to vent some frustration. What is the goal of your "public access" blog?

    1. InvestorBlogger Post author

      Actually, daily posting can be a mirage with these blogs… In fact, you can blog on one day for the entire week, then schedule them throughout the week or even months ahead. WordPress allows you to do this. So it's easy for a blog post to become a serial, very Charles Dickens I'd think. The answer to the question why blog is as nebulous as the question: why write? why travel? why listen to music? why buy CDs? why… for me blogging is a convenient intersection of a number of interest points, and the blog exists as a result of those points of intersection. If they didn't overlap, there'd be less likely a blog from me.

      1. Taipei Tim

        Hello Again. Thanks for the reply to my earlier post. Your answer makes me itch to toss out some jokes. But I'll avoid the usual unfunny humor I'm prone to. Anyway, I think it would be a wonderful idea if you could have a running series on the "Why Blog Why Bother?" topic. Perhaps invite some of your favorite bloggers to send you their comments for posting on "InvestorBlogger." Worth considering? What do other "InvestorBlogger" readers think of the idea?

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