I thought it was a great book. I am glad that the author read it. The book was great until the conclusion where it seemed that he bent the stats and stories to fit his conclusion. Even with this issue it was a great analysis and story. I loved the way he showed the connections between the history, chance of time, hard work, ethnicity, and good choices.
Initially I thought that I was either very smart or very dumb.... The concept was so simple that I thought maybe I wasn't getting it, but after listening on I was able to relate to everything in the book. It took a subject that has settled into my subconscious and brought it to the fore front of my life.
Not sure if I am in a 100% agreement with the author's point of view but the book has been a fantastic read. Malcolm never fails to hold my attention!
Success is not based in the individual alone in fact the individual is only a result of what shaped him/her and highly driven also by luck and timing.
Love how Malcolm Gladwell sheds light on the fact that opportunity shapes success; and that putting yourself in the position to have more opportunity, in combination with mastering the skills that are involved with whatever practice seem to be the 2 requirements for "good luck" to truly make a difference in a persons life. There are no outliers, only people who in combination with drive and ideas, find the right place and the right time.
I've always struggled with the notion that talent was the key. Not true. great reading.
Gladwell does not disappoint. This is an eye opener wonderfully articulated. It's fascinating to learn about some of the assumptions we have about how to instill greatness in future generations and how we need to break those notions.