Chapter 18: Mastery or competence

Outliers: The Story of Success

The brilliant and entertaining book investigates what sets high achievers apart – from Bill Gates to the Beatles. Gladwell asks the question: What makes high-achievers different? The answers may surprise you.


Greene mines the biographies of great historical figures for the common ingredients required to become a “master” in any field. He demonstrates how humans are hardwired for achievement – it’s a canny and erudite explanation of just what it takes to be great.