This is part two of the Outlier success story. Part 1 is here: https://lifentimez.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/an-outlier-on-the-graph-of-success-1/
– General intelligence and practical intelligence are ‘orthogonal’ : the presence of one does not imply the presence of the other.
He explains general intelligence and practical intelligence as: – General intelligence: IQ and Practical intelligence: Practical in nature. like knowing what to say, how to say, when to say to convince someone or get what you want. Not knowledge per say..
– Family background plays an important role in determining how far a person goes or how successful a person turns out. Does the family support and contribute to the growth and development of interests? Does it teach how to get what you want? Or does it just let things be and doesn’t work on the moulding stage of a child. The difference between Chris Langan and Robert Oppenheimer where their families.
– Success does not come from triumph over adversity but adversity turning into opportunity.
The story of Joe Flom
– Where you (most times your ancestors [grand parents, great grand parents]) lived contributes to your take on life, your reactions, your underlying behavior, attitude. E.g the people of Appalachia (Harlen, Kentukey – 19th century) believed and lived in the ‘culture of honor’. Today that culture still exists and can be seen in the nature of most/some people in the South of America.
The nature of fighting for their honor and taking offense at things they feel are a personal attack on them (usually something people from other areas would ignore or take as a joke)
– Your cultural heritage plays a role in determining how you approach people/situations. People from cultures where authority is respected/feared tend not to speak up for themselves and engage in mitigated speech a lot, therefore losing opportunities, causing disasters, (imagine a co-pilot mitigating 😦 )
*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geert_Hofstede talks about the Power Distance Index and how people from different areas handle and approach situations.
– Asians are better at math because of their history and life on rice paddies. Life on rice paddies teach you patience, attention to detail and not giving up easily.
– Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard
– Outliers are those who have been given opportunities – and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.
From the little insight into this book. I hope you have learned something new, seen how interesting the story of success is and the other sides people never seem to talk about.