This month we are recommending to read Outliers – Story of Success by renowned author Malcolm Gladwell. This is such an important book to read as career software engineer, because it tears down a popular belief about success — that talent or natural skill is the most important factor of someone’s success in life and work. Instead the author promotes the idea that “deliberate practice” and “luck” play a much bigger role.

Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds.

Malcolm Gladwell

This is very much in line with what we discussed earlier in our post about mastering coding interviews and building a habit to commit to solving one coding problem everyday.

It was really interesting to read about Bill Gates, whose success is very well known in the software community, and has been mostly attributed to his talent or skill and not the circumstances or his grit.

Would love to hear your thoughts if you have read this book or any other from Malcom Gladwell, What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment here or on our Facebook page.