Outliers: The Story of Success will completely change the way that you think about hard work and the benefits that come from hard work. Additionally, it was an excellent way to analyze some of the more confusing patterns that have existed throughout history. Malcolm Gladwell does a tremendous job of providing multiple pieces of evidence to support his various claims. As a history teacher, I found the history of the different time periods and cultures to be fascinating, as well as the implications for education and sociological studies.
In addition to high quality subject matter, it was wonderful to have Gladwell read the himself. It seems that sometimes when the author is not also doing the performance, some of the ideas get lost in translation. Having Gladwell read himself allows him to call your attention to ideas that are truly profound and really invite you to step inside of his mind. Listening go this book was like listening to an excellent professor animatedly give a lecture about something he truly is passionate about. I truly enjoyed the experience and look forward to listening again to dig out any nuggets of wisdom that were missed the first time.
This book will make you think again about stories of success. If you're in the business of education or coaching, this book will change the way you approach the process.
I found this book a great explanation for the factors outside of one's control that have set them up for great success but completely lacks information or credence about the things those same people did that they did control that gave them chance to take those factors and make them work in their favor. Things we all should do to give us a chance to take the sum total influences of our own life and to direct them to our own Outlier experience. Otherwise this information is a bit depressing. Good for them but what does it do for me.
Absolutely, you can hear the sections and point the Author makes that might have otherwise been obscure.
The rice farmers in China. No man who gets up before the sun fails to make his family wealthy.
The visual scene of the textile industry in the 1920s. Families working together, doing everything to make a business work.
I thought the book and the premise was well written and persuasive. The idea that kids born the first three months of the year have a natural advantage and then get more attention that leads to developing that advantage into a skill is acceptable. I didn't like the contstant leap from culture to professions to historical examples that continue to validate the point that success or talent is a simple formula. There seemed to be a part of insistience rather than convincing me. Great information and fantastic analysis.
It makes you think and question all of the assumptions around common beliefs from running a business to how we raise our children. Blending statistics with stories reveals our current world under a new light. It's wonderful and a must read.
I cannot say enough about this book. First, the stories are engaging and the logical thought process by the author and his arguments are very convincing. I find myself thinking of the book while watching the news on a daily basis! This book is that applicable to the real world. You start realizing how people became successful and you quickly realize characteristics that make people unsuccessful. All in all, a fascinating experience.
Also, Gladwell's narration of his own book is superb. I wouldn't want anyone else as the narrator. His passion for the subjects is second to none. I listened to the book while traveling, and it made the journey amazingly enjoyable.
I will now listen to his 3 other audiobooks. I'm looking forward to it.
it is so interesting! makes you think all the way through
i like how i feel : this make so much sense
the part about how hard work matters. even motzart couldnt do without it
listen to it!!