If you haven’t done so already, pick up a copy of Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success.
Outliers addresses the question: How do people like Bill Gates become so extraordinarily successful? Do they have higher intelligence than the rest of us? More ambition?
Not necessarily, Gladwell says.
Have they put more hours of practice into their respective endeavors?
What role does one’s culture, community and family play in fostering success?
More than you might imagine.
Outliers is Gladwell’s most compelling book to date and his conclusions, while surprising, are well-supported. It's worth a read.