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There are plenty of examples of quarterbacks who learned at the knee of Belichick and didn't become great quarterbacks. (Rohan Davey springs to mind.) Also, Belichick has no special expertise in working with quarterbacks ... he's a defensive coach. Cassell has learned to play quarterback from Josh McDaniels, a 31-year old student with a short resume.

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Question: you often refer to people's research in your writing but do not provide a bibliograpy so your readers can read the research and etend their understandings. Why?

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Does anybody know the contact information for Mr. Malcolm Gladwell?

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Does anybody know the contact information for Mr. Malcolm Gladwell. If so, please email me at jan3210@hotmail.com

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It really shouldn't be surprising that Matt Cassell has been an adequate performer in New England. He comes from a family of athletes, was a highly-regarded high school quarterback, and unfortunately landed at USC, on the depth chart behind two Heisman trophy winners. Cassell chose to stay at USC because he liked it there.

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I have read all 3 of your books and have Greatly enjoyed each one the. As I finished tha audio version of Outliersbitboccurred to me that the philosophybespoused in all 3 of your works dovetails nicely with the advent and subsequent spread of Christianity. Think about it this way, a group of individuals ( mostly one by one) met an itinerant preacher and based on their limited personal experience turned their back on their lifestyle and followed " the way " ofvthe preacher into a life of hardship. Did they use "thin slicin"g to know the extraordinary qualities of this man from Nazareth? The "sticky" messagebthey taught turned into an "" epidemic" that literally went global and has maintained to this day. Lastly, your case studies on the fortuitous dates of birth for Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Bill Joyce parallel the unique time in history that Jeseus was born and the subsequent spreading of his word...you may be able make this analogy with other faiths but I for one, would love to see you tie your works together in a unified work on the most transcendent person who ever walked the earth....Jesus.

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Tim

Malcolm,
My twelfth grade English class read your book, Outliers, as part of our curriculum. In this class we were asked an “essential question” during the first class period, which we are meant to keep in mind throughout the semester as we cover different material. We were asked, “to what extent do time and place define a person”, and the course is aimed at answering said question. Personally I think this question can be answered by most seventeen or eighteen year-olds without help but your book does, if nothing else, give definitive examples outlining just exactly how time and place define an individual.
Throughout Outliers you place great emphasis on individual determination, work, and sacrifice as opposed to talent. The “ten thousand hour rule” is a prime example; every extraordinary person or group only achieved such recognition because of hours and hours of practice, totaling over ten thousand. Bill Gates, The Beatles, and Bill Joy all geniuses in their own right are only known as such because of the unusual amount of practice they had to refine their skills. Furthermore Langan’s experiment with students proved that high IQ is not directly related with success. Only when people are given the right circumstances to succeed are they able to, only when people work for hours and hours do they become extraordinary. If Gates hadn’t had the computer available to him we would not have Windows, had the Beatles skipped their German shows they may never have made it main stream. Time and place do define people, and is a defining factor in success and failure stories everywhere.
Still, beyond the English class and its questions I did enjoy your book. All of the chapters were interesting and informative, if not entertaining. Firstly, the prologue perplexed me; these people whom eat unhealthily, lack exercise, and remain in good health. I realize mental stability and emotional health help to keep a body in good spirits, but to keep a man from heart attack when he eats worse than a typical American? I had trouble believing it, and still do, though there is nothing disputing the evidence. It is unsurprising and yet hard to believe how strongly culture and sociality effect people.
Similarly the story of the Koltz, and is inability to speak up to air traffic control. Cultural boundaries and definitions lead the Columbian pilot to do as he was told in the face of imminent failure and destruction, when anyone can say for certain that air traffic control would have let him land in the circumstances. Society and its rules, whether defined by the individual or the group, have a greater effect on people than I previously imagined.
Lastly, take as an example, Marita. She sacrifices the culture of her surroundings and opts for a life of rigorous study. Leaving nothing but her schoolmates, teachers, and work to define how she views the world. I only wonder how she will turn out in the end, can her eternal work habit continue? Will she never take a break, only leaving school for more school and eventually into a job wherein she will work until more work appears? Or will her habits eventually fall to the way side as she gives up and settles for less than her working potential, or will she find a middle ground? Furthermore, how will she act socially? She has no time for friends, no strong relationships with other kids, and knows mostly of books. Will her work ethic, while being stupendous, break her in the end? Will her sacrifice only cost her in the end? I wonder; she is truly extraordinary, and yet she is missing a factor that plays a crucial role in every humans life.
I walk away from your book with some insight, and some questions. Work is surely the only way to reach the top, but how much work is to much? Where is the line drawn? My life at this point is a balance of the two (work and sociality), but is it the right balance? This is the only way I can relate to Outliers, but it may be all I need from it.
Tim Winters

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Many who support nuclear power plants tend to show how statistically rare accidents occur. However, given the gravity of each accident, and the possibility of simultaneous multiple accidents, such power plants don’t seem to be a good gamble. The stakes are way too high.
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I think it would be great if you could turn your mind to the question of genocide, whether the old-fashioned kind or the sort that uses culture-erasing techniques, such as the Chinese have brought to bear in Tibet. I love your books, and I loved especially the personal touches in Outliers.

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Interesting comparison-I equate this to Basketball prospects as well, and handling pressure in a game- Many players can be good practice players, but not handle pressure well, and may lack the ability to make good decisions in a game.
I am currently working with a student teacher. He is very strong. He has a gentle, calm manner and is very knowledgable about content areas in Art-
Will he make a great teacher? I believe so- He posesses several qualities that I feel will serve him well- One, he has a great concern/ caring for the students, the other, his ability to relate to the normally disengaged, lower achieving students in the class.(I heard a great quote- "Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.")
Gladwell writes of the quaterback Wonderlic score and it's innefectivity. I believe it- The qualities that Donavan McNambb, or Dan Marino posess, are largely the ability to think and react on "their feet", and deal with the pace of the game, or a broken play.
Back to my student teacher, he also works tremendously hard, and is very thorough in his preparation. Yes- he also has the "withitness" to assess how a presentation might be going, and adjust the pace of a critique or demonstration.
I feel a single demo lesson is not a good indicator of a teacher's promise, but can be telling. When we hired our chair person for the Art Department, in his demo lesson, he addressed a student who was inattentive at the time, then spoke with her after the lesson. The point was he was not going to allow disrespect, but addressed it in a calm, yet firm manner and dignified the student as well.
There's a certain intangible that great teachers have- It has a little to do with performing, or coaching- A great teacher commands the attention of the room, either by creative presentation, wit, dynamic personality, firmness, or a combination of these. And with regard to "value added", it's hard to see the results of a good teacher in one demo lesson or interview.

Edward Walsh

With regard to quarterbacks, there hard and fast statistics that measure a quarterback's efficency, or rating, while often it is students' test scores that are the primary indicator of teacher effectiveness- I believe students should be assessed by their "portfolio", or body of work in multiple categories, as teachers should be evaluated in a broader manner as well.
Also a teacher's Emotional IQ,(sensitivity, compassion) is probably just as important as his/her Intellectual IQ.

Elsa

Post comment? Well, I've just read The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers - loved them, and stuff from all three got into something I wrote - from Cassandra to Paul Revere. Paul Revere, as you point out, rode in the night, pounded on doors, and was heard. Cassandra - she warned about the Trojan horse, and was not heard. Anyway a connection came into my mind: Pavlov's dogs. What had happened to the Trojans that when she spoke, they had the reflex not to listen?

I suppose I could just have given (yet another) glowing review of your books. But you've had scads, I know. Maybe you've even thought of Pavlov's dogs and connected them to outliers and non-outliers.

Anyway, more than a thought, or maybe it's the thought that counts.

If it should interest you, you can find the piece at:

http://www.elsas-word-story-image-idea-music-emporium.com/cassandra-syndrome.html

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I have recently purchased "Blink". Interesting. The only thing that strikes me is in the episode of the firefighters, the captain told them to leave the place, because the fire wasn't being extinquished as normal, so the captain told them to get out of the place. and later they find out that the fire wasn't a kitchen fire, but a basement fire. the captain later says, he didn't know why that he told them that. Well I know what happened. God loves all of his creation. He is interested in their well being at all times. You are to look to God for Thanks - not to yourselves. The Holy Spirit is often referred to as the "still small voice" that is who was speaking. And in so many cases if we would learn to listen to that Still Small voice - which you refer to as subconscience cognitions. Its God speaking to us, and guiding us. Thats what LOVE does.

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I particularly liked the section where the VA researchers dissected Many argue that the first few years of childhood is when the greatest impact can be made on skill development...perhaps the same notion can be applied to teachers?

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