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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Review: Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Apparently, all of Gladwell's books get me asking myself the following questions:

Did I enjoy this book? Very much!

Have I learned anything therefrom? A lot!

Will I be putting this newly-acquired knowledge to use anytime in my life? I don't know...

This book is supposed to "change the way we see success". It didn't change much in my perspective. I know that the "self-made person" is not a real thing. It's funny how some people deny others' influence and proclaim themselves as "self-dependent" when in actual fact no one is. I liked how the author stresses how the our environment, culture, and legacy impact who we are strongly.

This book is shelf-classified under "psychology", but it also discusses sociology, history, and even linguistics at times.

It's the kind of book that I like, but also the kind that makes me feel bad about myself. Is it too late for me to succeed?

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Too Much?

She always let people cross the line. It wasn't that she was afraid of people, she just didn't want any trouble--she meant harm to no one. However, people misinterpreted her kindness for weakness, and made special efforts to hurt her.

She knew that she needed to do something before someone takes it too far. She also knew that the problem was basically with her. She needed to act before it was too late.

One morning, however, during a very important meeting at work, one of her colleagues pulled the chair as she was about to sit on it, and she fell heavily on the ground amid laughter from those present. That's when she knew she'd hit her bottom.