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.
I recommend this for anyone with children. This is a real eye open. The author is clear, distinct and gives great examples. The examples converge to give a scientific like explanation. I think this is Malcolm’s best work. I listened to the Tipping point which was also great but Outliers was much more interesting. The audio quality was acceptable.
I read this after reading Talent is Overrated. Gladwell agrees that a person needs 10,000 hours of practice to be great, and examines the circumstances that allow intensive practice to happen. It's not all hard work - luck plays a huge role.
Outliers really goes beyond explaining those that excel above everyone else, like Bill Gates and the Beatles. It also explains why some fail, such as pilots and co-pilots following cultural practices rather than safe communication techniques. And, finally it explains how all of us arrive with birth gifts from our past that influence our journey. A great read.
I'm still in shock to realize that I've used 10.000 hours in something I didn't want to!! There's a lesson in every story that Mr. Gladwell shares and if you are a parent trying to define success for your child this is the book to have: you'll learn that it depends on many factors being you (the parent) a key factor!
This is good. This is easy to listen to, well narrated. But good information which makes a lot of sense. I recommend all Audible listeners to definitely include this on their lists.
As a person with dyslexia, audio books give me the opportunity to "read" wonderful books that I would otherwise miss. Thank you for this fabulous service.
If you've ever wondered how Bill Gates became the success that he is or why Asian kids score so well on math tests, this is the book for you. The author presents well thought out and well researched reasons for why some people are successful and some are not. I have recommended this book to many and I have added the author to my list of "dream dinner party companions."