Gladwell presents interesting and compelling evidence to support his thesis that the only extraordinary thing about extraordinary people is their extraordinarily good luck to be in the right place at the right time to become the best at what they love.
I read Outliers after Gladwell's previously published The Tipping Point and found many of the talking points & examples similar among the two books. I can recommend either as a fascinating read that pushes us to look deeper into trends or reasoning behind abnormalities in data; however taking on both books may be redundant. Gladwell's masterful storytelling and capturing information points makes this difficult to put down, and sparks conversation among those whom have read it.
Recommending Outliers -- The Story of Success.
Couldn't be more pleased with this book. The topics are all fascinating, and you end up learning far more about the factors which determine success than you knew existed. Malcolm presents the information in a way that's easy to digest in audiobook form. Considering listening to it again...
Gladwell is a talented communicator and his style makes the book easy to follow and totally engaging. I was worried that the broad spectrum of "outlier" topics and people of interest would make it difficult to somehow draw similarities and commonalities between them. Once I was well into the first chapter, I realized this was not going to be the case.
Gladwell is careful not to stray the reader too far off the main spine of this story, which acts to connect each of his subjects together through a handful of common threads and recurring themes. The reader can easily get wrapped up in any one of the handful of outlier examples, but then Gladwell skillfully corrals the reader back to the main backbone of the book, which further drives his themes home to the reader.
Outliers offers an intriguing perspective on people, events and cultures that we think we know so well. The book provides an "out of the box" way of looking at success and how our own cultural backgrounds, upbringing and luck affect our future in a direct way. Read this book.
Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.
It was interesting, but I just feel that there is something missing. I feel let down that everything boils down to time of birth and constant practice. I really don't feel that it is 100% fool proof plan and that is the end of the story. Yes, deliberate practice is essential to become great and anyone can learn anything if they want to. But I believe in other factors, like having a belief in something, etc...
Malcolm Gladwell is the real-life Sherlock Holmes. He makes it obvious that what we notice at first glance is never the whole story.
This only made me want to hear more of Malcolm Gladwell.
I would and I have recommended it to many friends. This book can be very eye opening for many different ways. If one is religious then this may be a proof that fait is really exist.
It is a proof that without hard working, success does not come, yet one's own efforts are not merely enough to be very successful either. It also gives someone a new perspective of looking at his\her life and where it has brought that person today and maybe try to change the course of it to improve future.
I knew that life throws stuff at you but I did not know that birthdates would be such an important part of being lucky or unlucky.
Yes, not because of his voice but I liked his book.
Nah. Once is enough. Pretty straight forward read.
Easy and informative read
Speaks well and easy to comprehend
I have been using bits of Tipping Point for years. This book is just as fascinating and jam packed with information.
I love the 10,000 hours, but even more interesting is the math observations throughout the world. Great stuff.
I have listened to Outliers three times and learned something new each time. I am an educator and have always observed that unique circumstances often changes lives. While Gladwell has chosen to focus on positive events it is also valid to note that sometimes negative consequences happen because of unique circumstances. This book has huge implications for how we educate our children. Every educator should read this book.