Excellent book with lots to think about. However, I often thought while reading that he is not considering the influence of personal motivation which may also be effecting individual's success
Another must read book by this author. My preferences in order are: Blink, Outliers and Tipping Point.
Another fascinating look at how life works when you look at it from uncommon angles.
There is not much to add, if you enjoyed his other books you will enjoy this one.
Gladwell continues to give us new views into our society and its workings. Great stuff. There is a lot here even if some subject are open to ongoing debate. I do think Gladwell should be a bit more forthcoming in discussing the opposition to his statistical conclusions though.
This book explains how and why (in theory) people become very successful. He gives a fantastic perspective on birth dates and opportunities when you're young.
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.
I couldn't stop listening. It kept me up late several nights in a row. This is probably Gladwell's best to date.
This is a very well written book that outlines how it's not just the individual who creates his/her own success, but how success is dependent on a number of factors that are completely outside of his/her control. He emphasizes the need for hard work - 10,000 hours - a message I believe we don't spend enough time advocating to our children today and he raises what I would consider some valid concerns about our public school system that seems to validate what is also advocated by Thomas Friedman in The World is Flat. What we need now is a book that provides some concrete recommendations that can balance the need to better educate ALL children while still allowing them to have "free time" to think, as is urged by professionals like Ned Hallowell, to avoid being "Crazy Busy". The narrator/author has a voice you want to listen to and his personal story at the end should make him more real to you.
Whether you can put what M.G. says into practice for your own gain or not, this book really makes you think differently. Its tough to argue with the inferences made from the facts he lays out.
The writing is colourful, skillful and nicely paced. It's a joy to listen to, particularly on those long country drives.
The absolute worst case scenario is that you will have something very interesting to talk about at your next cocktail party.