With 165 downloads and a small library of paperbacks I think it is fair to say I have read my share of books. And with having said that, I can say that this is one book that I will read over again multiple times. It is one of the most interesting books I have ever listened to.
What makes this book so amazing are the multiple studies of personalities through recent history that have fallen outside of the norm and defined what an Outlier actually is. The concept of Outliers is very interesting and it is eye-opening to hear how some of the highly successful people in the book were not just "phenoms" who happened to get lucky in life. From The Beatles to Steve Jobs to Professional Hockey players, the studies are interesting and presented in a format that is easy to listen to and understand.
I would recommend this book for everyone high school age or older. If you have not listened to this book you should. As a parent I have discussed some of the concepts with my children who are a little young to read it now and will make sure they read it as they embark on their careers.
This book can be a life changer if you let it. It shows how successful people become successful. And it is not a load of BS like you see on late night infomercials. It is the real deal - find what interests you - work hard - stick with it - and if you are not as successful as you had hoped, you have at least passed these values on to your children who will have a much better chance at success in whatever they decide to do.
Once again, everyone should listen to this book. Period.
I would most definitely listen to Outliers again. The case studies presented are intriguing. The book is well researched and presented and it never gets boring. There is no padding or unnecessary presentation of facts. The author who is also the presenter (which in itself is pretty impressive) does not beat around the bush but gets straight into it.
I really enjoyed this title. It has such broad appeal that people from various disciplines would find merit in what the author has to say. Its mandatory reading/listening whether you are in HR, The Military, Info Tech, Sales or whatever your walk of life is. You should just pick up this book. For me its an instant classic and I am going to see what else Mr. Gladwell has to offer.
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Malcolm Gladwell has established a reputation as one of the signature writers of this generation; with good reason. Outliers is the third of his groundbreaking takes on a facet of modern life. His premise is that chance and opportunity play a much larger part in success than anyone cares to admit. He uses examples varying from teenage hockey players in Canada and teenage soccer players from Europe to Bill Gates and Bill Joy. The number of the richest people in the world born during the same decade in the same country. Why are some people able to find success in certain eras. Why some can't in others. This is a seminal work by a great writer with a great mind. I have recommended the book to many others. I do the same for the audiobook.
I am a solo truck driver in the U.S. and I LOVE to listen, learn and go on adventures with audiobooks while I drive! :)
Outliers made me think about my own past. He makes some good points about how certain systems we have in society effect us more than we realize. For instance, the location of our schooling and the age cut off dates when we began school might have caused a beneficial trend or the opposite in our life. These little advantages help to shape our growth within these systems more that we might realize. On the surface these truths may seem obvious but he goes into some detail about how it all plays out and that's pretty interesting.
Very impressive information and a fascinating collection of success stories. I've already recommended the book to friends. It's interesting to see how timing and luck have had such a powerful influence on the outcomes of some people's lives. However the conclusion the author deduces from these findings had me mentally screaming at the book.The fact that luck plays a large part in creating opportunity does not seem to me to be the overriding deciding factor in a person's success any more than the luck of the deal Poker--there are many hands and many ways to play them. The author's conclusion is simply a handy excuse for failure. The author tries to take the interesting happenstances of a few people and project that onto the general population to prove that individual effort is futile--that everything takes a village. In other-words, "You didn't build that."The author argues that if more people got the breaks Bill Gates did, then there would have been more Bill Gate successes; but what market would there be for dozens of Microsofts? In fact there WERE more Bill Gate successes, but in many other fields.Yes, of course you could give additional benefits to some "underprivileged" person, but regardless what those benefits were, you would first have to TAKE them from someone else... and then that second person would then be underprivileged.It seemed to me that the author suffers from some of the same faulty reasoning he describes in others: He sees the world primarily through the narrow lens of his own history.Interesting book, but I would recommend bringing your own INDIVIDUAL analysis and deduction to the material.
Great book. His thesis, that fantastic success is related to opportunity and practice, leads one to believe that life-changing opportunity is possible for many. The book was about six hours in length, but he could have quit after two hours.
One of the best.
The link between birthdate and the level of success achieved by the subject.
Made me reflect.
Do those self-made wonders really get there by pulling up their own book straps, or is there more to the story? It is not surprising that we have to look to the context: one's parentage and community, but also consider the time in history, their birthdate, their cultural legacies that might have been overlooked or perhaps ignored as stereotyping. I found it quite interesting and is good reading for anyone who wants to examine success in a different way. There are some good takeaway lessons here. I've read the book a few times now, and also listened to his other books, Blink and The Tipping Point. Both very good, with the same narrative style. Reminds me a bit of Dale Carnegie, how he would catch one's attention with an interesting story to lead one into a lesson. The author Malcolm Gladwell reads the book. At first I found his reading to be a little too soft and monotone, but it grew on me, it actually turned out to be a quite comforting delivery. My biggest beef with the audio book is the lack of real chapter division. I read this book first out of interest, but then for a university Essay class. It would have been TREMENDOUSLY helpful to divide the audio by chapter, would have made navigation a lot easier. There were a few times that I unintentionally sent the section back to the beginning and had to work to get back to the beginning of the chapter I needed. I listened to his other two books on audio disks and found navigation easier. This is my first downloaded audio book and perhaps there is a trick that I am missing, but if there is, I wish it would have been more intitutive.
Presents us with ideas that we think that we are familiar with and know the answer, but do we really?
Yes. Probably a documentary.
The story which is told by Malcolm Gladwell flows from chapter to chapter with ease. His reading style and tone is appealing and keeps you intrigued and involved throughout. The overall audiobook can be looked back at with a full appreciation for what Outliers sets out to uncover - the story behind genius and how certain people turn that into a success. A very good read (listen!) that keeps you interested throughout.
Gladwell reads well and his tone is professional and keeps the listener involved in the "conversation."
No, 7 hours is a bit much to tollerate no matter who is doing the reading or what the storyline is!
yes, interesting ideas and thoughts. short book so very easy to get through
original thoughts pertaining to the education system and the idea that those considered 'gifted' often have a hidden advantage.
n/a - no characters in this book
short easy 'read' I would recommend it to anybody interested new and different ideas