The doomed outlier

A friend took me out for coffee and gifted me Gladwell’s outlier at the 2009 bottom. “This is dedicated to your doomed outlier”. During those murky times the negative outliers were moving to positive polarity (worst stocks were becoming potential outperformers). Three years later and many outliers later, Gladwell’s lucid narrative on history of success started shinning bright in my heap of books. It was time for me to read it and explore the connection between price performance and success.

For Gladwell success was being at right time and right place. He connects historical success stories of 150 years to explain how success was not just an act of genius but a series of circumstances that created Gates, Jobs, Rockefellers, Beatles etc. The author goes step by step demystifying the process of success. Starting from IQ surveys which were mapped with success over a decade, the author illustrates how intellect and achievement are far from correlated. How there were more Nobel Prize winners from outside Ivy League.

According to Gladwell, “power distance index,” is a term from cross-cultural psychology describing the hesitancy of subordinates to question superiors. Culture can effect catastrophes and create superstars. He quotes Asian persistence as the reason why Asians are better in mathematics. Uncertainty avoidance i.e. how well a culture tolerates ambiguity is also cited as reasons for poor performance. Coincidently it’s Greece and Portugal that tops the list.

Coming to look at it, what Gladwell suggests is that success is to a certain degree random. If you were born at the right place at the right time and done the right things, you would achieve success. Just doing the right things was not enough, the combination of when and where was magical. The Gladwell opinion is old wine in new bottle. Taleb said it in a different way….

You can read the complete article in Business Standard

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Mukul Pal, is a Chartered Market Technician, MBA Finance and a member of the reputed Market Technicians Association (MTA). He has more than a decade of Capital Market experience dealing with derivatives and global assets. He has worked for Bombay Stock  Exchange, multinational Banks and brokerage houses in leading research positions before starting on his own in 2005. He is the President of the MTA Central and Eastern European Chapter.


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