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Malcolm Gladwell must know that NHF is experiencing a baby boom. His book, Outliers, seems perfectly targeted at professional parents looking for a child-rearing edge. But are these parents really looking at their children’s development in the right way? How long does it take to truly gain expertise in a subject or skill? Of “nurture” and “nature,” which has a greater impact on our ultimate success? Gladwell attempts to answer these questions in his book. He does not address Christianity explicitly, but his study of “success” sparked some thoughts about generational sin/blessing and stewardship (for me, at least).

Gladwell argues that the drivers of success are more varied than generally understood. He discusses the bias built into Canada’s hockey program (you better be born in January), the number of hours it takes to become an expert (approximately 10,000), the culture of honor (and inter-generational vendetta) in Appalachia, agriculture’s possible connection to math-test performance, and the serendipitous rise of the law firm Skadden, Arps. Read the rest of this entry »