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.
This book is an undiscovered gem! I highly recommend it for any one who wishes to get some serious insight on how successful people became successful with intriguing stories from real life that are capturing to the last word
I have enjoyed much of Gladwell's work, so I wasn't disappointed with this book. Sometimes I feel that he (or the editors) might be trying to oversimplify, but ultimately I'd rather have a book like this cut to the chase than get lost in minutia. I also liked the fact that Gladwell read it himself.
I don't normally read non-fiction, but I found this book really captured my imagination and got me thinking. I would say that Gladwell is one of the prominent thought-shapers of our time, and his ideas will hold your interest, even if you chose to disagree with them.
I really enjoyed the book. I loved all of Malcom's books, I think he's brilliant. I found Malcom's thesis very compelling and his theories struck a chord with me, solid logic.
There were about two chapters that I drifted off on, but overall, it was very interesting and kept me wanting to listen to more.
I recommend this audiobook
What an amazing book. I could go on for quite a while about how interesting and inspiring this book is for all of those who look at the world an see themselves as outliers in one way or another. It helps you fully understand the importance you society, your family, your friends, and your opportunities have on the accomplishments in your life. Inspires you to take advantage of any and every opportunity that comes your way.
This is a very nice book to listen to, with many eye-openers that I feel like looking deeper into. Gladwell brushes the surface on many concepts, but connects them in a seemingly logical way.
The basic premises is that extremely successful people are not born that way, but are the result of circumstance also, helped by opportunity. There is no claim that intelligence or hard working does not help (it does), but that no matter how smart you are and how hard you work, you still require the opportunity to shine. This Gladwell shows in many examples from the icehockey league of Canada (good players born in Jan-Mar), to Silicon Valley giants (many born around 1955), to takeover lawyers (Jews born in the 30's).
Main drawback in my opinion is that there are many types of opportunity that can either be helpful or a hindrance. In this way, the book better dispels the nature vs nurture discussion than that it provides a complete answer on ' how to become successful'. The individual examples are really breathtaking at times: what can you do about being a good parent (you either care or you don't), how can you be really good at something (practice well and diligently for 10.000 hours/10 years), hard work doesn't hurt you, the trouble with historic & cultural legacy (plane crashes, aggressiveness, rice paddy culture vs rotational crops). Too much to mention, but easy to read.
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
I was concerned a book like this would end up reading like a textbook...dry and a snoozer. But, Malcolm weaves may stories of the "average" individuals who become the worlds best in a variety of fields...weaving the common thread and showing how we actually prevent more from becoming that same world changing level of skill.
I was stuck in a rut as a croquet player. After reading this book, I began to understand that you don't excel at something unless a) you put in an enormous amount of time and b) you are in the right place at the right time. I followed a) and found myself in b). The result is that my croquet game has improved by light years. This principle applies to anything in life. Reading this book was an epiphany for me. Few books have impacted me in this way.