Roseto Valfortore lies one hundred miles southeast of Rome in the Apennine foothills of the Italian province of Foggia.
Note: In the first chapter the author is talking about the uniqueness of the little italian town called Roseto Valfortore; to explain the concept of outliers
“For unto everyone that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance. But from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.”
Note: the literal meaning of this verse sounds reasonable to convey the central message of this book. however this verse needs to be understood within the context of the entire chapter.
Success is the result of what sociologists like to call “accumulative advantage.”
Note: accumulative advantage is a result of selection and separation (in other words, extra attention given) due to simple reasons such as the month of birth.
“Programming with cards,” one computer scientist from that era remembers, “did not teach you programming. It taught you patience and proofreading.”
Note: fast forward 2 decades programming takes away patience!