I don't normally read non-fiction, but I found this book really captured my imagination and got me thinking. I would say that Gladwell is one of the prominent thought-shapers of our time, and his ideas will hold your interest, even if you chose to disagree with them.
I really enjoyed the book. I loved all of Malcom's books, I think he's brilliant. I found Malcom's thesis very compelling and his theories struck a chord with me, solid logic.
There were about two chapters that I drifted off on, but overall, it was very interesting and kept me wanting to listen to more.
I recommend this audiobook
Of course the content is compelling, but I really like Gladwell's reading of it as well.
What an amazing book. I could go on for quite a while about how interesting and inspiring this book is for all of those who look at the world an see themselves as outliers in one way or another. It helps you fully understand the importance you society, your family, your friends, and your opportunities have on the accomplishments in your life. Inspires you to take advantage of any and every opportunity that comes your way.
This is a very nice book to listen to, with many eye-openers that I feel like looking deeper into. Gladwell brushes the surface on many concepts, but connects them in a seemingly logical way.
The basic premises is that extremely successful people are not born that way, but are the result of circumstance also, helped by opportunity. There is no claim that intelligence or hard working does not help (it does), but that no matter how smart you are and how hard you work, you still require the opportunity to shine. This Gladwell shows in many examples from the icehockey league of Canada (good players born in Jan-Mar), to Silicon Valley giants (many born around 1955), to takeover lawyers (Jews born in the 30's).
Main drawback in my opinion is that there are many types of opportunity that can either be helpful or a hindrance. In this way, the book better dispels the nature vs nurture discussion than that it provides a complete answer on ' how to become successful'. The individual examples are really breathtaking at times: what can you do about being a good parent (you either care or you don't), how can you be really good at something (practice well and diligently for 10.000 hours/10 years), hard work doesn't hurt you, the trouble with historic & cultural legacy (plane crashes, aggressiveness, rice paddy culture vs rotational crops). Too much to mention, but easy to read.
I loved listening to this book, was entertained the whole way and amazed by some of the topics covered in it. However, after doing a bit more research found that not everything in it was quite right. Even if there is some errors in it, I still rate Outliers quite highly because it did change the way I look at a lot of things.
This book was amazing. As soon as I started listening, the way I thought about things and the world started to change. I began noticing patterns in things that I hadn't ever noticed before. I highly recommend this book to get your mind thinking out of the box.