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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