Books are Rad - Episode 1: Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers

I always thought it would be rad if LeVar Burton would make a resurgence and bring back Reading Rainbow.  My bias of course would be more geared towards books that would interest adults or lifelong learners, but I don’t think I’m alone in thinking that this could be a hit.  Unfortunately, my hope hasn’t manifested itself yet, so I thought I would start writing weekly about what I have been reading or have read.  Who knows, maybe this will allow me to become the next LeVar…

Before we get started, I will say that those of you reading this who were born in the 90’s and have no idea what I’m talking about, use the googles to search Reading Rainbow (things will make a lot more sense, I promise).  For the rest of you, my intent of this Tuesday blog is to hopefully prompted some discussion, find out what you all are reading, and hopefully share some pretty cool shit with one another!  Each week I will be brief and give a short synopsis + what I found to be a few solid sticking points from each book.  It would be great to receive some comments and find out what you all are reading currently!

Without further ado, week 1:  Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers  

You may or may not be surprised, but not all books I read have to do with fitness.  In fact, most do not.  I am drawn to storytellers or authors who take time to look deeper into certain topics.  I appreciate writing styles that are very matter of a fact, but also inspire me to think and reflect back on my own experience.

The first time I read Outliers was back in 2015.  I was drawn to it because the idea of high level achievers, those who have experienced a great deal of success or failure, has always been a point of curiosity for me.  I would often ask questions like, what do they do different than myself?  Were they born with certain abilities that allowed them to be great?  Was it luck?  Is there something I’m missing?

In this book, Gladwell does an amazing job of investigating a wide variety of subjects who for all intents and purposes are true outliers.  From professional hockey players to Bill Gates, he answers the central question - what do all these different groups of people have in common?

Now I don’t want to give away too much of the book, but what I will say is this - when you look objectively at those who have had exponential success in a specific area of their life have not only put in the time and made sacrifices to be great, but their individual circumstance (environment or otherwise), albeit different from one another, assisted greatly in their achievements and prompted them to be that way as well.  

What I appreciated most about this book however, was that Gladwell weighs the pro’s and con’s that come with great talent and great success.  He lays it out for the readers in plain text and shows them that sometimes, be great, can also be your limiter.

So if you’re ever find yourself playing the “what do they have that I don’t?” game.  Pick up this book.  You might be surprised at what you find


WOD 190129


In 18 minutes complete as many rounds as possible:

12/9 Assault bike calories**

9 DB Thrusters @ moderate

6 HSPU @ 2019 CF Open standard ***


** CALORIES:  Athletes should focus on a consistent work effort at an RPE of 8.  Athletes may choose to complete :60 of work if that will allow them to preserve the RPE directive

*** HSPU:  Athletes should pause momentarily at the top of the movement to reinforce the Open standard of full extension