Outliers – The Story of Success

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 | 0 comments

I couldn’t resist a book with this title – when a partner at PwC heard that Silvia and I were expecting our 4th child (we now have 5) he proclaimed “Harry, you realize you’re a real statistical outlier now!”. If only he knew the half of it. The book takes an entertaining look at the “myth” of self-made successes in North American society. If you’re into hero-worshiping – whether it’s sports or financial – this book might shatter your world. Fundamental thesis of the book is that exceptional achievements are mostly a function of being in the right place at the right time rather than being the result of any exceptional skill. As someone who has had the opportunity to work with the elite of the Canadian business world, it confirms what I’ve suspected for a long time – luck beats skill every time (and a lot of skill comes from good luck in the first place).

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