My initial reaction was “annoyance” – If every genius is supported with a luck factor, then I’m sorry but it takes away from my motivation to spend 10,000 hours to master an art. The book doesn’t boost anyone’s ego – the genius is lucky, the hard-working queue in line for luck, and the lazy ones – don’t take this the wrong way but you are forever doomed! Combine Gladwell and Murphy, and don’t even bother!
Then, I reread the summary and calmed myself down –
- When opportunity presents itself, seize it.
- There is no short-cut to mastery than ‘putting in the hours.’
- Timing is critical.
- If you feel there is real purpose to your work, it’s more likely you will work hard.
So, I’m not annoyed anymore. I approve the book ‘Outliers.’