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Personal Development Book Club - Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Monday, October 24, 2011
7:00 PM-8:00 PM
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Trustee's Room (3rd Floor)
This month's selection: Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
On November 28: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
To sign up, email Dwight at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amazon Best of the Month, November 2008: Now that he's gotten us talking about the viral life of ideas and the power of gut reactions, Malcolm Gladwell poses a more provocative question in Outliers: why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential? Challenging our cherished belief of the "self-made man," he makes the democratic assertion that superstars don't arise out of nowhere, propelled by genius and talent: "they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot." Examining the lives of outliers from Mozart to Bill Gates, he builds a convincing case for how successful people rise on a tide of advantages, "some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky."
Outliers can be enjoyed for its bits of trivia, like why most pro hockey players were born in January, how many hours of practice it takes to master a skill, why the descendents of Jewish immigrant garment workers became the most powerful lawyers in New York, how a pilots' culture impacts their crash record, how a centuries-old culture of rice farming helps Asian kids master math. But there's more to it than that. Throughout all of these examples--and in more that delve into the social benefits of lighter skin color, and the reasons for school achievement gaps--Gladwell invites conversations about the complex ways privilege manifests in our culture. He leaves us pondering the gifts of our own history, and how the world could benefit if more of our kids were granted the opportunities to fulfill their remarkable potential. --Mari Malcolm
About the PDBC
There is nothing holding us back from the life that we want! So many of us desire to have, do, and be all that we can on a physical, financial, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual level - and we read books - lots and lots of personal development books. But self-created road blocks take consistent awareness and observation to remove. That’s where the book club comes in.
The Personal Development Book Club (PDBC) is a place where we can all get together once a month and not only discuss what we read, but learn from and support one another's individual path of personal growth and achievement. The PDBC is not dedicated to reading only one kind of book, but all books which deem to educate, inspire, and enlighten.Which books would you like to read? Which books have you read that you think others would like to read? Send your suggestions and we will add them to the list! Together, we can all be successful!