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I don't read many non-fiction books, but this book really appealed to my philosophy on success. Gladwell writes this book through depicting case study after case study where success was determined by coincidence and luck. Of course I don't believe that successful people are just handed their success because it take determination and hard work, but Gladwell makes a strong argument that success has a lot to do with your circumstances. One of my favorite examples in the book is the Beatles success as a rock band. Not many people will argue with the statement that the Beatles are one of the greatest rock bands of all time… or at least they shouldn’t. But how did they get there? Gladwell says that there is a 10,000 hour rule to becoming a “master” at anything. The Beatles practiced over 10,000 hours before becoming successful, which isn’t an easy benchmark to meet, but through determination and practicing 12 hour shifts at as a strip club band they achieved over 10,000 hours before making it big. The Beatles are just one of the many examples Gladwell gives of success due to circumstances in the book.
I'm actually kind of surprised by how much I didn't like this one, seeing as how I completely loved American Gods ... but that may be cuz I wasn't really that interested Mr. Nancy. The gloves he wore always brought to mind clowns, and clowns are scary.