This has been on my reading list for quite some time. I tend to move back and forth between fiction and non-fiction. After finishing Cloud Atlas (which I also need to post about!) I was due for some non-fiction… so here we are.
In short this book can be summed up in two words: Work Hard
Gladwell works to convince the reader that when it comes to nature vs. nurture, forget your genes… they don’t matter… what instead matters is the opportunities we are given, when we are given them, and how hard we work to take full advantage. His belief is that we are not engineered for success, but are the product of success built on the shoulders of our ancestors, our luck, our circumstance, and our work ethic.
Like any Gladwell book I found it to be anecdotal yet compelling and thought provoking. The book caused me to examine my own parenting and the opportunities I am making available to my children. It caused me to examine my own work ethic and the opportunities I have been given. And it caused me to reflect deeply on my own success and the circumstances that brought me to it. Maybe it will do that for you too.