Great book. Reminds me of a song titled “things that make you go umm.” My only criticism: the author places too much emphasis on opportunity and not enough on the subjects taking advantage of this opportunity through hard work. The author makes a blanket conclusion that Bill Gates was the only teen to have the opportunity to program computers all the time and thus had an opportunity like no other. Well how does the author know this? Could there have been other teens with a similar opportunity but were lazy and unwilling to work as hard as Mr. Gates? To me the secret is opportunity (which sometimes you can’t control) + hard work (which you can control). Fun book. I can’t wait to read the others written by this author.
I really enjoyed this book. Some of the people here point out that there is no practical advice, so the first 2 times that I checked out the book on here I didn't end up getting it. But I had multiple people tell me to check it out so I finally got it.
Although he doesn't point out advice like;
"If you do this then this...you will get this result"
there is a lot of advice on how you can make changes and be more successful.
If this book sounds at all interesting get it, you will enjoy it and get something out of it if you listen...
I always enjoy Malcolm Gladwell's work whether it be in book form or the short pieces he does for The New Yorker - but I can't help thinking that he's becoming the era's Proof By Anecdote expert. 'Outliers' is interesting but perhaps more formulaic than it ought to be.
I am afraid that at the rate Gladwell is descending into his example = proof funk his next book might be called 'Lincoln and Kennedy - Just Too Many Coincidences to Ignore'.
Interesting subject. Gladwell states and backs up his belief that opportunities are more important than talent and IQ. Well written, funny and informative. Makes you think differently about your own life and choices you have made.
This is one of Mr. Gladwell's best books as he put his heart and sole into this one. You can also find out why by listening to his confession at the end of the book.
If you want to be successful or have a successful kid...read this book. It changed my prespective.
Malcolm is entertaining and colorful. He does an excellent job reading his book.
Gladwell takes me on an unexpected journey far from my belief systems that savvy and hard work were the key to success. He has opened my eyes to theories about the way the world works that I had never contemplated. Incredibly compelling.