Gladwell sets out to explain how the top people in any field were able to get there. The explanations can be very surprising. I was very engaged throughout the whole book. He talked a lot about education, and having been a public school teacher for the last 27 years, I found it absorbing, hopeful, and found myself wishing that I had known some of these things 27 years ago.
Gladwell narrates his own book, which sometimes turns out well, and sometimes not so much. Although obviously not a professional, he has a pleasing way of reading. I wouldn't be choosing a book on account of him reading it however. Still, it was very "listenable" and I enjoyed it very much.
After many rave reviews, I expected to enjoy the book but I didn't. I thought the point that success is factored upon opportunity and having the support of influential ppl was obvious. And you don't need a scientific research to figure that out or there is a need to proof it. However, I think he forgot that opportunities can be pursued and not brought to you and that's one major factor of successful ppl. In some cases, opportunities is a greater factor while in some cases the personal drive plays a greater role. I still feel it cannot be generalized.
The 10,000 hrs rule is another ridiculous generalization and I am not convinced by his reasoning and neither do I see any meaning in such a finding.
Sorry for the bad review... but this is just what I feel after listening.
This book describes why some individuals seem to excell and others do not. Every chapter takes on a different group and explain what has led to their success. The analysis is so interesting particularly when the reader realizes what has been going on right before his/her eyes. The chapter on Canadian Hockey Players leaves the listener wondering "why didn't I see that?" The section on when children should start to Kindergarten is helpful as well. I subscribe to Audible to be informed about areas foreign to me. This book is one I am glad I didn't miss. The reading is great, the audio clear, the content easy to follow.
I read a piece on Malcom Gladwell's book in fortune and decided to listen to it. I got hooked to it right away.
This is my first Malcolm Gladwell book and after listening to this one, I am going to listen to his other works as well.
I took a star off because I don't agree with Malcom Gladwell 100% although I must admit, I kept saying to myself, "hmmm interesting observation...." listening to his arguments.
There were a few success stories I can totally relate to (success story of my grandfather being one. At times Gladwell is able to convince the listener to wonder if he or she has the combination of right ingredients to be successful.
I agree with Gladwell when he argues success has little or nothing to do with having a high IQ or a low IQ. Rather, success is substantially a product of "practical intelligence" or how i like to call it is street smartness.
Well thought-out book, written in a flowing and entertaining way, well read by the author... even if you don't 100% agree with everything said, you will find much value here!!
truly one of the best audio books of the year
do get it and you won't be disappointed
for me as a teacher the stories were inspiring and invaluable
Though I enjoyed both of Mr. Gladwell's previous books, Outliers is the best one (so far).
Outliers weaves its way across the globe from the US, Jamaica, and Canada all the way to the Far East. Aside from juxtaposing a series of geographic examples, the book also dazzles with insights as to the importance of timing, chronology, and opportunity as cohorts to success.
The final notable ingredient is the variety of personal anecdotes that Gladwell uses to illustrate what underlies success. What do Bill Gates, the Beatles, NHL Hockey player, Rice Farmers, School children, and Oppenheimer have in common . . . Outliers will show you.
Short and compelling; A great listen - M. Gladwell also does as well with the narration.
Outliers gets you thinking about many of the conclusions we have come to by listening to either the media or just heresay over the generations. This book provided me with new information, presented in an entertaing manner, about research that has been presented that challenges our previous assumptions. Our thinking regarding being successful just by hard work and perserverance is thrown out the window. The book discusses cultural, situational, timing of one's birth, ancestor's occupation, IQ, and being at the right place and the right time as influencing factors in a person's success.
It gives us food for thought about many other myths that we could either research on our own or encourage others to research. One of the areas I would like to explore is regarding successful women. This book touched briefly about the cultural background of the author's mother and how she became successful.
Overall this book was very enlightening and entertaining.
Gladwell did it again! Outliers is captivating, intriguing and you cannot let it aside until you finish it!
As it was the case with his previous books, it made me change my behaviour.
You must listen this great book!
Outliers is a great listen! But it's gotten some mixed reviews and I've spoken to one colleague--who READ it--and said he didn't like it that much. All of which leads to a Gladwellian hypothesis: one's enjoyment of Outliers says as much about context(listening vs. reading) as it does about the book itself. Gladwell's message--that success is more about nurture than nature; along with importance of being in the right place at the right time--these are not new conclusions. Instead, it's the fascinating stories underlying his conclusions along with the command that Gladwell, as narrator, has of his material, that makes this such a great experience.