Identifies the qualities of successful people, maintaining that culture, family, and idiosyncratic factors can have a decisive impact on shaping high achievers,
Opportunity. The Matthew effect (Matthew 25:29)
The 10,000 hour rule
The trouble with geniuses
The three lessons of Joe Flom
Legacy. Harlan, Kentucky
The ethnic theory of plane crashes
Rice paddies and math tests
A Jamaican story
Includes reading group guide
Includes bibliographical references (p. -296) and index
Introduction: The Roseto mystery -- Opportunity. The Matthew effect (Matthew 25:29) -- The 10,000 hour rule -- The trouble with geniuses -- The three lessons of Joe Flom -- Legacy. Harlan, Kentucky -- The ethnic theory of plane crashes -- Rice paddies and math tests -- Marita's bargain -- A Jamaican story
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To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages that today determine success – the fortunate birth dates and the happy accidents of history – with a society that provides opportunities for all.
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