I finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s newest book Outliers in one stretch. Gladwell told so many thought-provoking stories in the book and told them well. It is a fascinating book, just like his two previous ones, The Tipping Point and Blink. The subtitle of this book is “The story of success”. Gladwell claimed that “Successful people don’t do it alone. Where they come from matters. They’re products of particular places and environments.” He agreed that achievement is talent plus preparation. Among those two factors, he claimed that the preparation played a bigger role. His central point and big idea is that the quality and the amount of that preparation and in which domain and direction it lays are heavily influenced by external factors, such as parents, cultural heritage, and even birth month and year. Self-made high achiever is a myth and we could all benefit by noticing how our family background, our parents, our mentors and teachers, our immediate social and natural environment have shaped our experience in life. One interesting observation Gladwell shared is about cultural influence on people’s tenacity. He quoted the correlation between tenacity and how good children are at math.