In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers you will learn that it is not the brightest who succeed. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them. The book exposes exposes the flaws in the success stories we tell ourselves without much context. We pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. While the book is not very prescriptive about how you can achieve your goals and ambitions, the example stories in the book leave you with a shifted perspective on how people actually become successful. An easy introduction into the topic and entertaining book to read, that is why we have listed it first.