Its been a while since I read my last book and this one, Outliers came heavily recommended. The book starts with a definition of what an Outlier is:
Outliers is the story of People who have achieved immense success and the connection of their Success to their own talents, their time of birth and their family history. The book shows how one’s success is closely dependent on his surroundings, the people he is with and the time in history he is born and most importantly his family.
There are not many thing that you can change on your path to Success. Most of them have been already decided. Probably by the time you are reading this, you already have a career and if you think of it most of your decisions in life were based on your interaction with your family, and your immediate surroundings. The only thing you can change is your surroundings. And that will make most of the difference.
One Single take away from Outliers: It takes 10,000 hours to be an expert at anything you do and being an expert at it (whether it be playing Piano, or sketching your neighbour) depends much on your willingness to constantly challenge yourself and much less on your inborn talents and skills. If you are willing to put in that effort, and identify the opportunity for your big break and take the risk to take the plunge, you are on your way to be an Outlier.
Do your thing!