This book is written by Malcolm Gladwell, also know for the books “The Tipping Point” and “Blink”. Gladwell, staff writer for the New York Times, writes most books on social and psychological sciences based off extended research. In Outliers explains the cultural and societal forces that provide opportunities to individuals. Through a series of case studies, Gladwell argues successful people are “the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot.” During the course of the book explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band. The main point Gladwell wants to make is that outlier’s are the synthesis of opportunity and time on task.
NPR’s Ted Radio Hour is an hour long podcast with multiple former Ted speakers that all talk about the same topic. The Failure Is An Option episode is about the role failure plays at work and in our private life. Topics discussed are compensation at work for failure, trial and error, failure in own belief, and success feeling as failure.