While some of the conclusions seem a bit overstated, this book will challenge you to THINK.
It discards the simplistic labels like "genius" and "smart", and digs deep into the reasons for ultra achievement.
There is never a short cut to success, there is however circumstances that many see as disadvantages but in the end play as the fabric of a suit being carefully woven by a master tailor, at the end you get a beutiful suit that makes people wonder where you got it. This book changed how I see success. From the idea of genius to how the way your raised actually does affect you for the rest of you life. I couldnt stop listening. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of success!!
"Outliers" may not persuade you, but it will make you rethink the meaning of the words like "intelligence" and "talent." It will also make you question how much of "success" really comes from culture, cohort, and circumstance.
If reading for you is to explore different ways of thinking about a subject, then this is for you. I found the book clear and succint with accessible common examples to cement the ideas.
The premise of the book is basically that no-one is self made and the community the person exists in and the opportunities afforded them make much of the difference. This is at odds with the current fashion in the West where the success or failure is posited with the individual. Those who believe in the primacy of the individual probably will not enjoy this book.
Although I found the first 1/3 a little slow, I really enjoyed the application of the author's insights in many anecdotes in the last 2/3. Interesting to realize that many of the one a million people are really not quite as "special" as we are accustomed to thinking.
Although some of Gladwell's assertions are subject to debate, there is no doubt that they are well presented and certainly make good "food for thought".
This may be his best work. Tipping points are now a clich? in business and media, but this work is a uniquely valuable insight about our misconceptions on personal success and is actually strongly tied to the Fundamental Attribution Error in psychology, which dates back to work done in 1967 and later coined in 1977;. It is absolutely worth the time and should improve your view on how success in yourself and others is best obtained.
This was a very enjoyable listen. Extremely informative -- as a Canadian, I now plan on having my kids in the first few months of the year (you'll understand once you've read the book). Empowers you to feel that you too can be great. Gladwell himself narrates the book and his voice is clear and soothing. A definite recommendation to friends.
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?