The author takes the common perception of success and analyzes it and comes up with a wholly new conclusion of how to achieve it. He uses very interesting real life examples, however, it was a little bit boring when he talked about plane crashes. But, that was only until I understood what he wanted to explain about it.
The outlier theory is fascinating, and I appreciate the knowledge I gained from each and every story, but a few were a bit lengthy. Gladwell's voice, however, is smooth like jazz, soothing like a hot bath. I swear it was like one long massage for my ears. I could listen to him talk forever....
Great book. It does much to explain how great people became great. It would be interesting to see a book take what was learned through this study and apply it to basic psychology so that individuals could be empowered to rise above their less than optimal circumstances. The only downside of this audio book, for me, was the cadence with which it was read. I needed to speed it up to at least 1.5 speed in order to keep my focus. Otherwise, very fascinating!
We hear a lot about how people are "gifted or "born geniuses". Malcolm Gladwell challenges this notion with some stellar (unexpected) real life examples. The book is a very easy listen and will strongly challenge if not completely change the way you view success and the world as a whole!
I really love topics that explain possible reasons for behavioral/social outcomes. I've always been interested in psychology but sometimes it's interesting to hear about non-abnormal psych topics. This covers topics that can be considered abnormal but mostly abnormal in the good way - extraordinary people.
I also love that the data supports the idea that "it takes a village" because I've always had an aversion to people who say "I've done everything on my own, no one ever helped me, I only owe my success to my own hard work." That idea has seemed self-centered to me even when I was young and couldn't express why. I like to think that it's okay you aren't the best at something even though you feel you have worked hard on it because there are other factors that make someone successful. Not to improperly suggest hard work doesn't pay off but timing, social support and culture can play a large role in success too. Gladwell gives great examples of the exceptional successes using people we all know and keeps it interesting.
Even though I am not yet a parent this book encourages me to educate myself about ways to help a child succeed at hobbies they are interested in. Also it shows that it might not be possible to be truly gifted at many different activities because mastering an activity takes up much more time than is left after practicing several sports, several instruments and advanced classes, as is common in current youth culture.
Overall interesting book and gives me information to apply in many areas of my life.