Brilliant and entertaining from the first word to the last. I had so many epiphanies that I lost count.
Here is another fabulous analysis by Malcolm Gladwell. His insight into what goes into making an outstanding person who and what they are is engaging and thought provoking. Excellent!
Enticing story telling, captivating narration, interesting topics, often fascinating way of looking at common statistics available for all to grasp. So this is how the world works?!
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. Gladwell's books always seemed to teach me new things and this certainly did the same. It provided me an excellent education about many of the strange things that seemed like a coincidence learned that it was not in fact a coincidence but a strange series of events that all were very definable using numbers.
My one complaint was the reader (Gladwell himself) was a little dry however was not terrible.
I enjoyed this book so much I listened to it twice. A must read for anyone with children, for anyone looking towards the future and anyone who loves to figure why things happen the way that they do.
While some of the conclusions seem a bit overstated, this book will challenge you to THINK.
It discards the simplistic labels like "genius" and "smart", and digs deep into the reasons for ultra achievement.
There is never a short cut to success, there is however circumstances that many see as disadvantages but in the end play as the fabric of a suit being carefully woven by a master tailor, at the end you get a beutiful suit that makes people wonder where you got it. This book changed how I see success. From the idea of genius to how the way your raised actually does affect you for the rest of you life. I couldnt stop listening. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of success!!
"Outliers" may not persuade you, but it will make you rethink the meaning of the words like "intelligence" and "talent." It will also make you question how much of "success" really comes from culture, cohort, and circumstance.
If reading for you is to explore different ways of thinking about a subject, then this is for you. I found the book clear and succint with accessible common examples to cement the ideas.
The premise of the book is basically that no-one is self made and the community the person exists in and the opportunities afforded them make much of the difference. This is at odds with the current fashion in the West where the success or failure is posited with the individual. Those who believe in the primacy of the individual probably will not enjoy this book.
Although I found the first 1/3 a little slow, I really enjoyed the application of the author's insights in many anecdotes in the last 2/3. Interesting to realize that many of the one a million people are really not quite as "special" as we are accustomed to thinking.