Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Rizwan Khan


This story is about how the author, Malcolm G., searches for the answers of why some people are more extraordinarily successful than others and what factors make them "outliers" in this world. Malcolm examines and tries to find the answers to why was Bill Gates able to reach the point of success that he is at today, why are Asians smarter than others in math class, and why does the smartest man in the world have the least accomplishments?

Our World

This book relates to the world in many different ways. The main way the book relates to the world is by explaining how being from a different country or having a different ethnicity can effect your intelligence. Malcolm also explained how the culture that one comes from can also effect the persons smartness. However, your background isn't the only thing that effects your intelligence, sometimes even your social class, like being rich or poor, can also effect how intelligent you are. Malcolm then talked about how sometimes the generation you are born in can have an affect on your smartness.

Our Community

This story can relate to our community through the 10,000 hour rule. Malcolm explains how 10,000 has become a magical number for greatness. Malcolm's studies showed that 98% of the people who have achieved and became better than the rest at it have put in at least 10,000 hours of greatness. For example, NBA All-Star Lebron James has put in much for than 10,000 hours of nothing but practicing and now he is the best in the NBA at the time. Another example is Bill Gates and Bill Joy and how they both put in more than 10,000 hours of working and perfecting computer programming. This relates to our community because I know athletes in our community that have spent over 10,000 hours through out there life practicing and play a certain sport, especially the ones who have been playing since they were little kids and now some of those kids even play for our school team and some now play for a college team.

My life

This book can relate to me in many different ways. One way is also through the 10,000 hours rule. I have been playing basketball since I was in third grade and I still play everyday at least a hour a day. Although I've met and exceed the 10,000 hours and I am good at basketball, I am still not at greatness or anywhere near greatness. Another way this book relates to me is because Malcolm explains that smartness does not necessarily come from your test or grades. The reason this relates to me is because I believe i am pretty smart because I am a straight As and Bs student. But when it comes to SAT or ACT I don't seem to do well. But just because I've been getting good grades my entire highschool life and end up doing bad on the SAT or ACT doesn't exactly mean I'm not that smart even though some colleges judge you based on your SAT and ACT test scores.