Sensational Saturday – it is sensational to read a book that is good for you!

Throughout the month of December, each Sensational Saturday article will be about a book that has been around for a while and is good for you. Some books we read for fun, just pure enjoyment and we do not care if we learn anything.  There are other books  full of intelligent, well thought out ideas, but are so boring, we want to put them down and not wait to get to the point. The books in the December Sensational Saturday series are books that I have found to be both good for you and fun or interesting to read. Last week I talked about the non-religious inspiration found in the Bible. In future weeks this space will be used to look at:

  • Think and Grow Rich
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World
  • Guess How Much I Love You

 

photo credit: Marc van der Chijs via photopin cc                                                                                             Sensational Saturday,  Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell, genius, luck, 10,000 hours

This week we shall highlight Malcolm Gladwell’s famous book, “Outliers.”  This book has received acclaim and conversation world-wide since it was first published in 2008. I first read it last year at the recommendation of my son’s pediatrician. In her opinion, the parent of every child with superior intelligence should read the book. After reading the book, I agree that it should be read on a regular basis by all parents with children of superior intelligence. The main point I received from reading Outliers is that intelligence is a factor that leads on to success, but it is not the sole factor, instead there are a great many other factors that influence success more than mere intelligence. These factors create outliers.

The book starts with the following definition of outlier

1: something that is situated away from or classed differently from a main or related body
2: a statistical observation that is markedly different in value from the others of the sample
 
 There are so many interesting and incredible parts of the book explaining success, that it is impossible to share them all here, but I shall highlight a few:
  • the Matthew rule – those who have a lot, tend to get even more
  • it takes 10,000 hours of effort to become an expert at something
  • it is not enough just to be a genius, you need something more
  • culture and tradition have major impact on how situations are handled
  • how one is taught impacts how easy it is for that person to learn
  • opportunity at the right time leads to more success than mere genius
For me, one of the greatest things I got from the book was the 10,000 hour rule. I taught it to my then eight year old son and now a year later, he is still following the idea and trying to practice it. In sum,  if you want to be an expert at something, you need to spend 10,000 hors working at that thing. My son likes mathematics, engineering and electric design. One of the easiest ways to get my son to try something or work on something is to tell him that it counts towards his 10,000 hours.
A good book teaches you lessons you can use in your life. A great book teaches you things you cannot wait to share with other people. For me, Outliers is a great book.  So, the question for you this Sensational Saturday is, what great book have you read lately that you rushed to share with other people?

 

 

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