Great book. Very thought provoking. It gave me a new way to look at life and success. a must read for every teenager and young adult today.
I can't believe it took me this long to read (listen to) this book. Good reminder that greatness isn't only based on natural talent but is enhanced by environmental realities and a "blue collar" work ethic.
Although Gladwell has been taken to task for over simplifying things, Outliers is still intriguing because it gives you a glimpse of processes that happen invisibly in our daily lives. It will also make you count up how many hours you've been practicing certain things and maybe decide whether it's worth it to continue... Gladwell reads his own book well. Listen if you enjoy learning about all those little things you may have once wondered about successful people but never had the time to go find out yourself.
Retired and enjoying volunteering and keeping up with national news. Aslo am learning about therapy dogs and hoping to train my dog to do the Read to a Dog program in libraries. That is, if I can get him to learn to behave!
This book has so much practical common sense and insight. I still think about this book even after reading it a two years ago. I think I'm going to go back and listen to it again. It's so insightful.
This book has a different perspective on what makes people successful. It's not just rugged individulalism that determines greatness. A lot of other factors need to be there - opportunity, location, timing and even a little luck. There are some points that I don't agree with. But, as always Gladwell gets you to really look at things differently. If you study success and the successful you will want to add this book to your list. If you get the audio book as I did, make sure you listed to the interview at the end.
I don't completely agree with the author's conclusion that outliers are solely the product of their environment, but this book was fascinating and a very engaging read. I highly recommend this book as it contains many interesting anecdotes and factoids as well as interesting ways of looking at the world around us.
What a discovery! Gladwell has finally revealed to me the secret of why my son, born in September, couldn't shape in his age group as a swimmer. A brilliant concept and a brilliant book. Very appropriately narrated by the author.
Scott E Bales
I always enjoy hearing Malcolm talk through his analysis and justification of patterns in the world. Even better as an audiobook
I love the way that Gladwell is executing this book he is not going around circles with the same idea and same topic, instead his research is well founded, simple and eye opening ,you will learn something with every chapter of this book in a way that is simple to recall and remember
P.S don't try to beat our Asian fends in any work !! why ???? read the book you will know why : )
This is a very good book and an eye opener. I wonder how some of the concepts apply to what is going on today and what kind of successful people we will see in the future.