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.
I think it is helpful to make a good introspection based on familly situations and also helped me balance PRIDE and HUMILITY.
If you plan on having children or influencing someone as a mentor or coach, you have to listen to this book.
How to be a Professional at your dream job.
Astouding information and coorelations, but it just makes so much sense...
Never read the print version
It makes you think about the world around you, and what opportunities you have been given or not.
The most interesting part was talking about the cultural personalities within the airlines.
10,000 Hour Concept
The Power Distance Index
There is something very real about the way an author reads his own work.
Yes, I liked how many case studies there were.
I don't know.
What separates outliers from other people are natural talent, a lot of practice and a little bit of luck.
This book is about how success depends on many factors, like family, culture, chance and some others.
The match of birthdays respective to some entrepreneurs generations.
The book mades many facsinating insights about the real story of the "successful". I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The way it brings amazing success stories down to earth.
No. This was the first one.
Amazing book. Makes you want to say "Ha! That makes sense!" all the time.
This was an eye opening perspective on the factors that influence success.
The factors that influence a person's success in education.
I live in Los Angeles and spend many hours in my car; I love having audio books to listen to. Mr. Gladwell added a very personal dimension when he discussed the story of his family.