I am a solo truck driver in the U.S. and I LOVE to listen, learn and go on adventures with audiobooks while I drive! :)
Outliers made me think about my own past. He makes some good points about how certain systems we have in society effect us more than we realize. For instance, the location of our schooling and the age cut off dates when we began school might have caused a beneficial trend or the opposite in our life. These little advantages help to shape our growth within these systems more that we might realize. On the surface these truths may seem obvious but he goes into some detail about how it all plays out and that's pretty interesting.
Very impressive information and a fascinating collection of success stories. I've already recommended the book to friends. It's interesting to see how timing and luck have had such a powerful influence on the outcomes of some people's lives. However the conclusion the author deduces from these findings had me mentally screaming at the book.The fact that luck plays a large part in creating opportunity does not seem to me to be the overriding deciding factor in a person's success any more than the luck of the deal Poker--there are many hands and many ways to play them. The author's conclusion is simply a handy excuse for failure. The author tries to take the interesting happenstances of a few people and project that onto the general population to prove that individual effort is futile--that everything takes a village. In other-words, "You didn't build that."The author argues that if more people got the breaks Bill Gates did, then there would have been more Bill Gate successes; but what market would there be for dozens of Microsofts? In fact there WERE more Bill Gate successes, but in many other fields.Yes, of course you could give additional benefits to some "underprivileged" person, but regardless what those benefits were, you would first have to TAKE them from someone else... and then that second person would then be underprivileged.It seemed to me that the author suffers from some of the same faulty reasoning he describes in others: He sees the world primarily through the narrow lens of his own history.Interesting book, but I would recommend bringing your own INDIVIDUAL analysis and deduction to the material.
Great book. His thesis, that fantastic success is related to opportunity and practice, leads one to believe that life-changing opportunity is possible for many. The book was about six hours in length, but he could have quit after two hours.
One of the best.
The link between birthdate and the level of success achieved by the subject.
Made me reflect.
Do those self-made wonders really get there by pulling up their own book straps, or is there more to the story? It is not surprising that we have to look to the context: one's parentage and community, but also consider the time in history, their birthdate, their cultural legacies that might have been overlooked or perhaps ignored as stereotyping. I found it quite interesting and is good reading for anyone who wants to examine success in a different way. There are some good takeaway lessons here. I've read the book a few times now, and also listened to his other books, Blink and The Tipping Point. Both very good, with the same narrative style. Reminds me a bit of Dale Carnegie, how he would catch one's attention with an interesting story to lead one into a lesson. The author Malcolm Gladwell reads the book. At first I found his reading to be a little too soft and monotone, but it grew on me, it actually turned out to be a quite comforting delivery. My biggest beef with the audio book is the lack of real chapter division. I read this book first out of interest, but then for a university Essay class. It would have been TREMENDOUSLY helpful to divide the audio by chapter, would have made navigation a lot easier. There were a few times that I unintentionally sent the section back to the beginning and had to work to get back to the beginning of the chapter I needed. I listened to his other two books on audio disks and found navigation easier. This is my first downloaded audio book and perhaps there is a trick that I am missing, but if there is, I wish it would have been more intitutive.
Presents us with ideas that we think that we are familiar with and know the answer, but do we really?
Yes. Probably a documentary.
The story which is told by Malcolm Gladwell flows from chapter to chapter with ease. His reading style and tone is appealing and keeps you intrigued and involved throughout. The overall audiobook can be looked back at with a full appreciation for what Outliers sets out to uncover - the story behind genius and how certain people turn that into a success. A very good read (listen!) that keeps you interested throughout.
Gladwell reads well and his tone is professional and keeps the listener involved in the "conversation."
No, 7 hours is a bit much to tollerate no matter who is doing the reading or what the storyline is!
yes, interesting ideas and thoughts. short book so very easy to get through
original thoughts pertaining to the education system and the idea that those considered 'gifted' often have a hidden advantage.
n/a - no characters in this book
short easy 'read' I would recommend it to anybody interested new and different ideas
I have a tremendously diverse interest pool. Of the non fiction, I would rate it in the top ten.
This book puts forth some very interesting theories. Very worth pondering.
The Asian number system.
I think this book offers some theories that are out of the common way of thinking about America and for that matter the world. It definitely spoke to me.
Bill Gates, the Beatles and Hockey players.
I'd have fallen asleep if I'd waited until bedtime to enjoy a paper book. Sadly, time to read is a luxury for me. I rarely get a full chapter in before I pass out at the day's end. I enjoyed this audiobook while gutting a bathroom and even enjoyed my time in the crawl space!
We are all capable of incredible. Those who reached the top rung of the ladder had more than drive. Don't discount your passion, your genes, your intelligence. It's likely that your culture and your environment and sheer luck (or lack there of) may have stifled or spurred your success or failure in ways you've never imagined. What year were you born? Read (or better yet, listen) to this book to learn why. Imagine the best psyc class your ever took that ends before your bored with no homework and you can pause it for lunch or a call. :)
I listened to 8 hours with my Droid Razr Max and LG tone...and loved it. Equipment matters. If my batteries had died...like they used to, I'd have been annoyed. I got a nearly uninterrupted dose of this great audiobook and I'm sad that I only have one more of Malcolm's yet to enjoy. The other thing that this book brought back to consciousness was gratitude. The vast majority of us, if not ALL of us, are truly lucky. Lucky to be human, lucky to be North American..., not hungry...reading a computer screen..lucky. If you don't feel lucky or grateful for your lot in life, any you obviously have the time, talent and resources to do so then I'd suggest you are missing something. This book would be a good place to start. Happy Trails.
One of the best books i have heard so far. It's well researched, opens up your mind to a whole new perspective and helps you understand what makes people truly successful.
This is as riveting as his other books
The fact that success isn't a product of human intelligence alone but also requires a combination of luck and heritage (your upbringing and culture).