I just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s new bestseller “Outliers: The Story of Success along with the rest of the planet. Like all of his books, I love the way that Malcolm can take long scholarly texts and present their meanings in language that I understand.

What did I learn: Getting good at stuff is about practice. practice, practice. It is the same ol’ message with more data. If you were looking for a shortcut, it isn’t here.

Personal take away: 1) When my husband claims that we should have started our February birthday boy in school earlier, I can show him how that is not so. 2) I am involved in a homework debate on my local school board. Homework, schmomework. This is nothing! Let them practice, practice, practice. 3) Now I know why I don’t finish crossword puzzles, suduku and jigsaws: Its my heritage! I should have been a lawyer like my granddad.

I want to try to apply this data to Gen Why and Gen M.

ps: I read in Entertainment Weekly about Kutcher tweeting about this book. Ho hum.

Ruth Schwartz

Ruth Schwartz is the author of "The Key to the Golden Handcuffs". She is a high performance business consultant and leadership coach. Connect with Ruth to participate in the conversation. Google+, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube .