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Scott

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  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Stupidity goes unanswered"
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    Mr. Gladwell needs to better understand the statistical significance of an outlier (and the definition of multicollinerity). Correlation of independent variables is skewing Gladwell's message and he doesn't even realize it.

    Bill Gates is one of Gladwell's examples and his premise does not follow. He asserts that Gates success is attributable to his 10K hours at a computer terminal when he was 13/14. However, it wasn't Gates technical prowess that made him successful, it is his business prowess....Microsoft bought the rights to QDOS for $50,000, keeping the IBM deal a secret from Seattle Computer Products.

    Gates then talked IBM into letting Microsoft retain the rights, to market MS DOS separate from the IBM PC project, Gates proceeded to make a fortune from the licensing of MS-DOS.

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