outliers …..


Talent Is Overrated – a summary

  • Exceptional talent is a function of hard work over time
  • There is a blueprint you can follow to get talented
  • You can develop talent (expertise) in any discipline
  • Developing talent is hard work
  • You can use the ‘talent blueprint’ as a teaching guide
  • You don’t have to get to virtuoso level to outrank your competitors
  • Those who only read a book don’t grow and improve – those who implement truly learn and thrive

“An eclectic essayist is necessarily a dilettante, which is not in itself a bad thing. But Gladwell frequently holds forth about statistics and psychology, and his lack of technical grounding in these subjects can be jarring. He provides misleading definitions of “homology,” “sagittal plane” and “power law” and quotes an expert speaking about an “igon value” (that’s eigenvalue, a basic concept in linear algebra). In the spirit of Gladwell, who likes to give portentous names to his aperçus, I will call this the Igon Value Problem: when a writer’s education on a topic consists in interviewing an expert, he is apt to offer generalizations that are banal, obtuse or flat wrong.”
Steven Pinker on Malcom Gladwell


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