I would definitely listen to this book again, and I've been recommending it to friends and family. I think it was good to hear a different perspective on successful people (businessmen, lawyers, iconoclasts), and to recognize that each individual has somewhat unique opportunities. It makes you think about what opportunities have been presented to you through the era you were born in, the month you were born, and who your parents and grandparents are.
Being read by the author is always a plus for me.
The information re how particular individuals, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and others on how they were in the opportune time and place to achieve their greatness.
The opening of the book outlining the Italian village immigrants who's death rate due to cardiovascular disease was well below the national norms was fascinating.
His personal experiences with the individuals he interviewed and their interactions
The authors research and findings would make great discussion for your book clubs !!
Simply a man, powered by a loving God looking to make a difference in this world!
Right from the start the authors voice and emphasis were great. I like that the author is reading it, you don't miss a thing because the author won't let you!
He can really draw you in.
I really liked discovering history all over again by looking at a story from a completely different perspective. Looking back at the American industrial age Malcolm shared amazing facts and special details uncovering the success of some of the richest people EVER!
Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan, you will love it!
My first one, loved it!
I loved the Bill Gates childhood info. Good stuff.
Read it! Or listen.
Absolutely, the book is so rich in content that it must be listened a few times to grasp a good depth of all the concepts... and to take notes!
The idea of the 10,000 hours and the explanations and exmples provided to support this thesis are memorable. In particular, the rice field examples and the correlation to Asians success in mathematics.
He is an excellent writer and reader. Very descriptive, deep, and creative.
How to become great!
We observe human outliers on a daily basis whether we are watching the exceptional athletes competing in the NBA or Stanley Cup Finals, reading about the latest billion dollar company, admiring a sketch by M.C. Escher, or listening to the works of Mozart or Bach.
However, one interesting aspect of the whole phenomenon of outliers is that for every breakout success there are droves of other people who are smarter, stronger, and more talented than their successful peers. Why is that? Shouldn't the kids growing up with the highest IQ and most raw talent end up being the most successful?
Now, if I asked you list what traits virtually all of the most successful people in this world share, you would probably give me two answers: raw talent and hard work. And, according to Outliers you'd be 2/3 correct. Outliers shows us that there is an equally important and criminally overlooked third piece in the story of a person's success: opportunity.
It's not enough if we are genius smart, great at playing guitar, or ten feet tall if we are not given an opportunity to succeed. Why was Bill Gates so successful? Well, he's obviously a genius, and he is definitely a hard worker. But, what most people don't know is that Gates was given a huge advantage in his youth; early access to a computer. Bill Gates' parents happened to put him in one of the only high schools (if not only) in the country that had access to a mainframe terminal. As a result Bill got a mammoth head start on programming and hit his 10,000 hours very early.
These facts, brought to light, have some very serious implications. Especially centered around the opportunity our children get while growing up. For instance, if you start assessing the potential of a child too early on, and you have children in your group that could be up to 12 months older than others, the older kids will immediately look better than their younger counterparts almost every time. This is why, for instance, most Canadian born hockey players are born in the first few months of the year. It all stems back to the cut-off date for pee-wee hockey. If your child is 10 years 0 months old and joins a team full of kids 10 years and 11 months old, you had better believe that he is going to get overlooked right out of the gate. He'll never be given a chance to succeed.
Every day we make decisions on who gets to succeed and who doesn't without even realizing it. -Malcom Gladwell
Outliers is a fantastic eye-opening book that has real life applications for any reader at any stage of life. I would definitely recommend you add it to your summer reading list.
To certain ones that would appreciate this type of reading
It shed light on why certain people become highly successful and others simply can't!
A bit of audio animation
I enjoy the seemingly threads Gladwell expertly gathers while telling a story as smooth as a novel.
What separates star athletes, scientists and entrepreneurs from the rest of us? What sort of stuff are self made millionaires made of? Malcolm Gladwell tackles the stereotype of the independently successful in his book Outliers. From rags to riches, or riches to rags, each of us are profoundly influenced by our environment. Gladwell argues that there is no such thing as the self made man and that your future is more inherited than earned. His focus is on environmental factors such as date of birth, geography and family heritage. Want to know the best month to be born to become a famous NHL hockey player? What about the right year to become a technology mogul? Gladwell highlights a series of markers that will exert the greatest amount of influence over ones future successes or failures.
This book is well written and flew by. I thoroughly enjoyed Gladwell's The Tipping Point but had more recently been disappointed by his more recent work titled Blink. All of the incite and intrigue that made up the former work are found in Outliers. The arguments are interesting and not too drawn out. Each chapter moves the argument forward and is seasoned with interesting and colorful characters.
I would recommend reading this book. I was left thinking about my own story and the people who have influenced me over the years. Gladwell shares some thoughts towards improving the future of others by adapting new cultural standards. Some of these suggestions are impractical but are to the point: society plays a significant role in the future of others. How can we position ourselves as a gift to others? Are we willing to see the gifts in our own lives? I think that reading Outliers can help us see tell our own stories with more clarity and modesty.