I was amazed and surprised at what I learned about what makes people successful. And it’s entertaining. I wish I had read this years ago when my children were toddlers. I might have changed some things in how I raised them, not a lot of things, but some decisions might have been different. For example, I might have had them do more academic work in the summers, and felt less guilty about it. But aside from parenting, wow, this is fascinating stuff.
The author is a good story teller. He takes an occurrence and analyzes and explains it in an insightful and entertaining way. Most of what he said made sense to me, and I believed him. But I wonder if other experts would have different views. I wonder if there are studies and statistics out there that might say yes this is true in these cases, but it doesn’t apply in all cases. I would have liked seeing arguments on both sides of some of the issues, for example affirmative action at the University of Michigan Law school. He made a statement but he didn’t provide much support for it. On the other hand, too many statistics and opposing views might have made this too dry, less entertaining.
It’s a short book.
Some of the content:
It takes 10,000 hours of practice to become successful at something. It’s not being a genius, it’s practice.
Luck is huge element toward success: when one is born, the influence of parents, and one’s culture.
The best hockey players are born Jan to March. Geniuses born to poor parents do not do well because their parents don’t show them how to present themselves to the world and how to interact with others. In other words, geniuses need some “emotional IQ” to succeed, but the author doesn’t use that term. S. Korean airlines had more crashes than any other airline because of culture. Copilots were afraid to tell pilots about dangerous plane conditions, because it might sound disrespectful.
NARRATOR: The author narrated this book. His manner and voice were good.
GENRE: psychology and sociology nonfiction.
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Whos GOT NEXT? this book if applied in your own life will take your personal or business life to the next level if you would but apply the principles in this book.
There’s way to many examples of people who’ve already had Success! No more Excuse’s
Really enjoyed! Well written - The author has done an excellent job in sharing his perspective on how the rich got richer and the famous became more famous... being in the right place at the right time..... Malcolm has a wonderful voice that fits the story perfectly. The last half addresses the importance of communications and the problems and conflicts we get into due to our socialism, heritages and ethnicity. Can't wait to read his other books!
A nice and short series of statistical oddities that makes one think twice about what leads to personal success. This is not a scientifically exhaustive approach. But a great listen and easy to follow and absorb.
"Outliers - the story of success" is worth your while! This is what a popular discussion of science (in the sociology/psychology field) should be like. It is entertaining, as well as challenging conventional wisdom. Well written, and energetically read by the author himself. I especially enjoyed the references to the work of the Dutch researcher Hofstede on culture.
This makes makes you look at things a different way. The messages it makes with its backup stories are a must for anyone who wants to get ahead and who want their kids to succeed. This was my first audiobook and I found very easy to listen to and I could come back to it a week later and still pick up easily where I left off. The messages stuck with me. If all audiobooks are like this then I am hooked.
I plan to have my 18 year old listen to this book it underpins everything we tell our kids about hardwork and Perseverance
Malcolm Gladwell's third book is another masterpiece. It is engaging, entertaining, and educational. It's funny to think about the number of people that would have seen me laughing and talking ("really? wow..") out loud while I was running... luckily I listening to most of it while running country roads :)
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!
What an interesting read, overloaded with tons of fabulous connections and hypotheses about how and why the successful seem to go so far so fast.
I don't know what I could say that hasn't already been said by the other reviewers, but at least now I know, at least partially, why I am not already rich and famous!
Very insightful and thought provoking. Never have looked at successful people this way before. A lot of good explanations on why those that are successful are where they are today.