books I've read, my thoughts

Not feeling Outliers…

I’ve been listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers (got it on Audible) over the last few days and quite frankly, I’m not feeling great about it.  I mean it’s actually getting me in a bad mood.

I resent the fact that he suggests that people who haven’t been brought up at just the right time, circumstance and geographic location will essentially have an uphill climb to success – at least in their professional lives.  That’s it’s all about opportunity.  I’ll agree with him that talent, determination and hard work remain key factors to success but it irks me enormously to hear that all that isn’t enough.

I know it’s suppose to be a conversation starter (and obviously it’s working) but all it’s doing to me is depressing the heck out of me.

I admit to not having Practical Intelligence and I suppose that will stop me from getting ahead (as it already has).

I’ve been in a rotten mood since I started listening to this book … maybe I should just stop.

Is there anyone else who feels like this about the book?  Please let me know I’m not alone.

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