I have been quoting this book to friends on several occasions since finishing it. Or rather, since beginning to listen to it! I think that says a lot. It inspired me in the same kind of way as Freakonomics did when I read it a number of years ago. There is more reasoning in Outliers and it is more down to earth but there are similarities in how theories and models are applied to the things we all can relate to.
Gladwell keeps surprising me. Mindblowing ideas to feed your thought for a longtime. His narration is awesome and makes us even closer to his ideas as if we were chatting about some crazy stuff on a pub.
family tree buff
I've actually never "read" anything by Gladwell, but I've listened to four of his books. Gladwell reads his books as if he is humbly inviting you to share his ideas. I've learned so much about human and social behavior.
This is a stellar listen. Story moves rapidly enough to keep one's attention, but paced enough not to lose the listener. Authour's reputation did not disappoint. I especially loved the way stuff hidden in plain sight about the story of success and mostly taken for granted can contribute so much to the subject...Makes listener reflect, relate and hopefully adjust to accommodate success in their own lives.
There's no better way to reflect on deep stuff than by relating to other people's stories in the removed distance of observation.
When you were born, to whom you were born, where you were born, how hard you work, how your culture molds your values and behavior. It goes on and on. Gladwell has some intriguing theories that he defends well. He breaks the book up into case studies that "prove" various points of his thesis. They are all interesting, but my favorite was the one about his own family history in Jamaica.
I was struck in particular by the studies in which the outliers were indirectly the 'beneficiaries" of societal racism and anti-semitism, which supports the eastern notion that there's good and bad in all things.
The information in the book is fascinating -- it's incredible how much our circumstances determine our successes and how relatively little our so-called "innate talents" or "drive" do. That being said, I feel that Gladwell could have given more rounded history and perhaps more encouragement to those of us who haven't been doing X activity since age 5. Gladwell also isn't very good at inflecting his voice when he quotes others in the reading, making it difficult on occasion to tell when he's quoting. Towards the end he also gets a bit singsong-y. Overall very worth the listen.
Very interesting. Performance is good, without being too smug. The topic itself is thought provoking and makes me want to listen to Blink as well.
In my opinion this is the best work of Malcum. Must ready for anyone, espicially for parents ..
This is a fascinating book, very nicely told, that left my mind reeling and became a subject of conversation around the family dinner table and with colleagues at work.
I would definitely listen to this book again, and I've been recommending it to friends and family. I think it was good to hear a different perspective on successful people (businessmen, lawyers, iconoclasts), and to recognize that each individual has somewhat unique opportunities. It makes you think about what opportunities have been presented to you through the era you were born in, the month you were born, and who your parents and grandparents are.