This book provides a lot of food for thought. Outliers is written so even my parents can understand and appreciate the principles surrounding hard work and opportunity it discusses.
I found it hard to get my father to listen to any audiobook for any decent amount of time. Outliers had both him and my brother spellbound.
As usual, Gladwell makes a great case for thinking in new ways about the world. His accessible writing and compelling stories keeps the reader engaged. Well worth my money and time.
I found this book entertaining and informative. While Mr. Gladwell does not discount talent he asserts that opportunity is the main driver of becoming excellent at something. That and practice and/or persistence.
Interesting and provocative, this work has the usual preface to each chapter consisting of a small story- individual or localized situation- and then broadens the perspective of the time, the place, and the mental attitudes of the people involved. The insights on heart disease were particularly interesting, as well as the differing parenting methods and how some kids get lost in the cracks and some excel. Things you know are true, but have a new light shed on them. Every teacher and parent should read this book.
Great book. Reminds me of a song titled “things that make you go umm.” My only criticism: the author places too much emphasis on opportunity and not enough on the subjects taking advantage of this opportunity through hard work. The author makes a blanket conclusion that Bill Gates was the only teen to have the opportunity to program computers all the time and thus had an opportunity like no other. Well how does the author know this? Could there have been other teens with a similar opportunity but were lazy and unwilling to work as hard as Mr. Gates? To me the secret is opportunity (which sometimes you can’t control) + hard work (which you can control). Fun book. I can’t wait to read the others written by this author.
I really enjoyed this book. Some of the people here point out that there is no practical advice, so the first 2 times that I checked out the book on here I didn't end up getting it. But I had multiple people tell me to check it out so I finally got it.
Although he doesn't point out advice like;
"If you do this then this...you will get this result"
there is a lot of advice on how you can make changes and be more successful.
If this book sounds at all interesting get it, you will enjoy it and get something out of it if you listen...
I haven't listened to too many non-fiction books because I wasn't sure if I could follow them or not. Outliers was my first, and it was great! First the content was eye-opening. I enjoyed the stories told and the lessons learned from them. Second, I like to listen to book that are narrated by the author because you can hear the words the way the author intended. Gladwell is a really good narrator. Highly recommended.
Interesting subject. Gladwell states and backs up his belief that opportunities are more important than talent and IQ. Well written, funny and informative. Makes you think differently about your own life and choices you have made.
This is one of Mr. Gladwell's best books as he put his heart and sole into this one. You can also find out why by listening to his confession at the end of the book.