Which is greater — soil or seed?

Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, “Outliers”, is filled with eurekas. He contradicts popular beliefs that exceptional individual accomplishments are explained by personal characteristics. Instead, he demonstrates how cultural and calendar phenomena account for outliers. Metaphorically, this pits seed against soil. But soil without seed is barren. And seed without soil is dead. Neither is greater.

One response to “Which is greater — soil or seed?

  1. Indeed – though the book can be condensed into one clear idea, namely that we give far too much credit to raw ability alone to explain success. It is quite a simple idea … but then that is the author’s style. He did, after all, write Blink 🙂


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