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  • Successes are what they are with the help of the surroundings of the individual… specific support played an integral role in the successes of all the individuals mentioned in this book. From artists to airplane pilots.
  • “Classical composers without exception don’t produce great work until their tenth year” Measured through culture and community. Practice and hardwork: The 10,000 hour effectImpatience breeds mediocrity… Complex jobs take along time to reach masteryLesson from Outliers according to Gladwell: how can we build institutions that provide opportunities to work hard
  • The Beatles: in the late 50’s the Beatles were invited to Germany to become the house band8 hour sets 7 nights a weekOver the course of that time, they learned to become great. They had played together 1 1200 times before coming to America. What made the Beatles special was the willingness to work 8 hours 7 nights to become betterMeaningful work. Throw their heart and mind into something to be great
  • Allowed to program at 13 in 1969. RealtimeAllowed to practice his passion for over 10,000 hours in order to become great. All the instances in his life made him successful from where he lived to the people who contributed to his access to technology provided him the opportunity to become better and carry that drive into meaningful work…heart and mind
  • Leaders are judged before they have had a chance to complete their best workWe give up our support of leaders who fail within 6 months of their beginning. Change theories suggest a plan of action, a necessary approach to change. Outliers become the change once they’ve attained their practice quota. The unfortunate part of leadership is the lack of time given for one to prove ones worth. As a leader it is equally important to realize that followers also need the same time to perfect their status. The same 10,000 hours holds true for courageous followers to become proficient in their art.


  • 1. out⋅li⋅er
    • something that is situated from or classed differently from a main or related body
    • 2. a statistical observation that is markedly different in value from the others of the sample
  • 3. These people share a distinct commonality
    10,000 hours
    Each had at least 10,000 hours before they created their best work
  • 4. “It makes a difference where and when we grew up…it’s not enough to ask what successful people are like, in other words, it is only by asking where they are from that we can unravel the logic behind who succeeds and who doesn’t”
  • 5. Success
  • 6. Effort Brings Reward
  • 7. Bill Gates
    Hearts and Minds
  • 8. Pilots