As usual, Gladwell makes a great case for thinking in new ways about the world. His accessible writing and compelling stories keeps the reader engaged. Well worth my money and time.
I found this book entertaining and informative. While Mr. Gladwell does not discount talent he asserts that opportunity is the main driver of becoming excellent at something. That and practice and/or persistence.
Interesting and provocative, this work has the usual preface to each chapter consisting of a small story- individual or localized situation- and then broadens the perspective of the time, the place, and the mental attitudes of the people involved. The insights on heart disease were particularly interesting, as well as the differing parenting methods and how some kids get lost in the cracks and some excel. Things you know are true, but have a new light shed on them. Every teacher and parent should read this book.
Yes opportunity is important. No very successful person I know says any different. I have never heard any very successful person say "I got here because I am great". They have always said "I just happened to be in the right place at the right time".
The point is they were willing to work hard when that opportunity opened. How many other kids at Bill Gate's school decided to bury themselves in that computer lab? They were all the same age, had the same opportunity, and many were probably as smart but Bill put in the hours.
This was very interesting but the conclusions the writer tries to make are weak. Several times the writer claims America's love affair with the strong individualist is misguided. He is wrong. Bill G didn't get there because he was the most popular kid in school - he was a strong individualist geek who found the computer room much more interesting than the politics of what ever else was going on.
This book discusses what made the Beatles, & Bill Gates, the significance of IQ and what made Chris Langen one of the worlds highest IQ's a farmer in the midwest. This book also discusses why most Hockey players and Baseball players are born in a 8 month period. I'm still listening to the book but recommend it to everyone.
Once I started listening to it I could not stop. It gave me some explainations I wondered and neaded. I normally listen to my audio player when I am walking. Sometimes listen to music sometimes to audiobooks. But when I stated this one I just wanted to walk all the time with this audiobook.
SImply awesome. I recommend you also watch his interview at the 92st. YMCA on Youtube. Together I got even more out of the book.
I loves this book, I found it to be wonderfully written and extremely insightful. Beyond the academic aspect, it was just plain entertaining.