Southwest Book Club Meets September 20
The Southwest Book Club will meet on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Southwest Library to discuss Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. The best-selling author of The Tipping Point and Blink identifies the qualities of successful people and provides theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers. Gladwell poses the question: why do some people succeed while so many more never reach their potential; and challenges the cherished belief of the "self-made man."
Anyone age 18 or older is welcome to attend. The book club meets monthly at the Southwest Branch Library. For more information, please call 407.835.7323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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1. Malcolm Gladwell is interested in what makes some people more successful than others. Overall, how would you describe his thesis, or central premise? Do you agree or disagree with his ideas?
2. What does Gladwell mean by the term "outlier"?
3. Why does Gladwell feel there is no such thing as a self-made person. Do you agree? Can you name people who overcame great odds--circumstances not in their favor--to attain success? What about those people that Gladwell offers in support of his argument (Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or the Beatles, among others)? Do you agree with his assessment that much depends on timing?
4. What personal experiences--people and incidents in your own life--can you think of that support or challenge Gladwell's ideas?
5. Gladwell gives differing definitions of intelligence. Yet his definition of success is singular--"worldy" success in terms of of wealth, power, and fame. Are there also differing definitions of success that Gladwell doesn't consider? If so, what are they, and what does it take to achieve those versions of success?
Discussion questions obtained from http://www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/14-non-fiction/728-outliers-gladwell?start=3