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.
Malcolm Gladwell is really an extraordinary storyteller. I found this book to be fascinating and nearly impossible to put down. Overall I agree with his thesis (that becoming a great success is dependent on many external circumstances in addition to exceptional drive/talent/etc) but more than anything I found the stories he used about the garment industry/Jamaica/Jewish lawyers in New York/etc to be incredibly interesting and educational. I could listen to one Gladwell book after the other.
This book has some incredible stories and a new way of looking at the narrative of success. I have been thinking about the data that proves our schools vacation time is a bigger problem for students learning than how our teachers are teaching. Why has it not received more attention!? It has so many implications that are "solvable" and some that are not expensive.
When Gladwell says, more eloquently than this paraphrase, that the miracle of the success story is not that there is a Bill Gates but that there is not a thousand Bill Gates. It is very moving and hits at the source of our society's misplaced mythology of the self made man.
I plan on giving this book as a gift to all my friends- thank you Malcolm Gladwell.
I found this book so interesting on so many levels. The author reaches back in history to explain some of the reasons for our modern day triumphs and pitfalls. As a teacher I found the historical and cultural implications valuable. As you wind through the tales on the various people or groups that he focuses on, you'll begin questioning what advantages you had in your lifetime to bring you to where you are today and why.
This book was an eye opener for me. I found it both fascinating as well as practical - especially for parents with young kids (4 to 10 years of age).
Another title for this book could have been "everything happens for a reason" or "cause and effect."
Recommended reading (listening) for a wide audience - just about anyone could benefit and enjoy this topic.
I loved this book! Gladwell toches a lot of subjects that you've thought of & gives you new ways to look at them. Making you question things you took for truth. I have recommended this book to many of my friends & will continue to do so.
My husband and I listened to this book on a road trip and we LOVED it. Mr. Gladwell writes such interesting points that he has clearly researched. We both learned a ton from listening to Outliers and I would highly, highly recommend it to anyone interested.
I enjoyed this book greatly, It answered the question - Is it just that people have all the money and then find a great idea? What's so much different than an "urban" kid vs a "privileged" kid. One part of the equation is exposure.
Somewhat disturbing yet can be encouraging...Disturbing because the logic for success can be SO OUT OF OUR CONTROL yet encouraging because our choices can still effect our ability to take advantage of the coming unknowns. Well read, riveting, I dare say...You must be driven to know "the why" in order to appreciate this. Speaks of many well-known people and situations many can relate to.
I had resisted this book for a long time, having some difficulty with the premises as represented in reviews and critiques. When i finally listened, I was floored. This is an incredible book that will challenge your preconceptions. There is no higher praise to be given.