Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Outlier (def): A person or thing away from others or outside its proper place.
More often than not, we will also come across something along the line of "..despite his poor background..." or "..although disadvantaged in.." or something similar. Well, "Outliers" is a book about success. But, it is also about why we should, instead of saying "despite" and "although", say "because".
The author, Malcolm Gladwell, divides this book into two chapters. The first is entitled
- How being born in the first four months of the year can make one a professional ice hockey player in Canada,
- Why without Hamburg there would be no The Beatles,
- Why out of 70 of the richest people throughout human history 20 are Americans born around 1834 and
- Why IQ scores don't really matter.
By the end of chapter one, you will get a sense of what Malcolm wanted to convey; success is not as individualistic as we have come to acknowledge it today. He said “the biggest misconception about success is that we do it solely on our smarts, ambition, hustle and hard work”.
His second chapter is titled 'Legacy'. Malcolm argues that we have become a society too wary of making generalization. We thought that it would be rude to associate success or in more obvious case, failure with race or culture. We're afraid that we may appear to be undermining people. Malcolm begs to differ. He mentions about:
- How being a Korean or Colombian flight pilot makes one more prone to crash a plane in the 70's, and
- How Korean Airlines turned from notoriously known for plane crashes to one of the safest in the world today.
Interestingly, Malcolm also tackles the "Asians are good at math" notion in one of the subchapters entitled Rice Paddies and Math, explaining the influence of language and rice paddies on children's mathematical ability.
*Hamedullah graduated from UCL in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.He's currently employed by MISC Bhd. Being a Malaysian, he started taking interest in reading a bit late, about two years ago. He heard about thebukuproject some time ago in London, thought it is a brilliant endeavour but only now decides to contribute something. As they say, "Hands that give also receive".
Saturday, January 1, 2011
"To find the balance you want, this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the Earth that it's like you have four legs, instead of two. That way, you can stay in the world. ." ( para 3, page 27)and how Richard quoted:
"I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me." (para 5, page 54)