I was stuck in a rut as a croquet player. After reading this book, I began to understand that you don't excel at something unless a) you put in an enormous amount of time and b) you are in the right place at the right time. I followed a) and found myself in b). The result is that my croquet game has improved by light years. This principle applies to anything in life. Reading this book was an epiphany for me. Few books have impacted me in this way.
I really enjoyed this book. Gladwell makes you look at how people succeed in a totally different way. The thought that it takes a person 10 000 hours to become really good at something is somehow depressing and inspiring at the same time. Also, the thought that even if you put in the time to become a master at something that a person only becomes successful under the right circumstances is also a little depressing. But it was definitely a worthwhile read and really gives you something to think about.
always looking for my next 'driveway' book
Long after I read this I've been mulling over the ramifications of what shapes our success (and failures). Probably edges out 'Blink' and just a little more interesting for my line of work than 'What the Dog Saw'. Both of those books still worthy of the highest rating.
I loved listening to this book, was entertained the whole way and amazed by some of the topics covered in it. However, after doing a bit more research found that not everything in it was quite right. Even if there is some errors in it, I still rate Outliers quite highly because it did change the way I look at a lot of things.
This book was amazing. As soon as I started listening, the way I thought about things and the world started to change. I began noticing patterns in things that I hadn't ever noticed before. I highly recommend this book to get your mind thinking out of the box.
This was my first introduction to audio books and now I am spoiled! This is not only an interesting and compelling book but the narration was excellent -- it reads almost like a mystery in a way, even though it's not -- you are always wanting to find out what's around the corner.
What a fascinating way to analyze such a controversial subject as ¨success and riches¨ and why some achieve it, while others don't. Much better than a dozen self-help books put together. A smart view on how everyone is entitled to achieve and understand their own success, if one can only understand where he stands and what is available to oneself.