The invocation of Hofstede's theory of social power distribution (PDI) was quite refreshing, and how one's socio-cultural background has so much influence on his/her success on the world stage. Gladwell writes so clear and concise that taking a break from the book was nearly impossible!
Gladwell uses compelling stories to make a convincing case. On top of it being a well-written, well researched book, he narrates his work effectively and beautifully.
My only knock is that he occasionally finds things "hilarious" that are barely even funny, but overall this book is serious, compassionate, brilliant, and endlessly interesting. Get this book and you will know what goes into the making of an outlier. Very highly recommended.
This and an additional title, Cradle to Cradle, were compelling listening. This book initially talks about the source of success but the thought provoking information goes much further. Read this for light entertainment or for much deeper reflection - it has the uncanny ability to reach eash of us where we are.
This was a great listen. Both the audio and context was excellent. It was one of those books you will be discussing with your friends.
This book makes me think of the proverb "The bread not to the wise, the race not to the swift, and the battle not to the warrior for time and chance over take us all."
Just sheer dumb luck changes everything.
Life is unfair. Yes, different opportunities face all of us. However, and this is what the book seems to ignore, it is up to the individual to recognize and act. So, I don't believe it is the opportunity that make an outlier, it is the recognition of the opportunities, vision, desire, determination and action that produced the likes of Bill Gates. Keep in mind Bill Gates went to middle school with 300 other kids who all had the same access to the computer. So didn't all 300 have the same opportunity?
I found this book completely engaging. It helps to understand why some can rise to highest level of success. It has lot more to due with unusual early circumstances than more than just hard work. What month you are born, what year you were born in and early exposure to coaching or technology created many of the giant outliers of today. Takes some randomness of luck out of many of these individuals personal stories, or at least identifies the underlying events that help create the lucky circumstances for these select individuals. All the outliers are great hard working people who maximized their early advantanges to reach to top of their fields. Great insight!
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I liked it. I think it's the perfect book for people who want to make sure their kids be overachievers. haha.Really it's a interesting book an hope you get it and enjoy listening to it. It definitely gets you thinking.