Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book is called Outliers: Stories of Success. In the excerpt linked below he explores essential factors in the development of high achievement and outstanding success. A key factor is environment, i.e. what opportunities or experiences did the surroundings of these people provide for them. For example, access to particular types of computers for the computer billionaires like Jobs, Gates, Allen or Joy. Or, in the case of the Beatles, an environment where they could practice and hone their stage craft in Hamburg before they hit it big in the UK. In Gladwell’s presentation, it’s the combination of environment and prolonged practice in that environment that leads to success in any endeavour. Here’s the excerpt.