Some interesting ideas and concepts! Very thought provoking! Excellent to listen to. Very Highly recommend.
"Changed my view on success."
Malcolm Gladwell's theory about Outliers is very similar to the ideas of B.F. Skinner and behavioural psychology in that they also postulate that it's not so much the inner qualities of a person but her culture and environment that influence person's behaviour. This audiobook gave me a practical outlook with real-life examples supporting this theory. I cannot recommend it enough to those willing to understand the prerequisites of success.
"agree and disagree"
As a professional athlete who have worked hard to achieve success, I truly agree with the author about the hard works. I also agree about the fact that the environment can effect ones future. But I disagree with him that u can still be an outlier eventhough u never get the chances but u create ur chances. I think u should always be ready and there so that if they distribute luck u can get it. :-)
Fascinating research on correlations between success, opportunity, culture and natural factors. Makes you think about achievement in life from a different angle. Highly recommended.
"A good read."
I think the main takeaway from this book would be that I'd be more inclined to look past the person and more into their background when understanding their success.
There are some generalisations in the book that I wouldn't necessarily agree with but I think the author acknowledges that in the book.
Even the most successful people are not that extraordinary. They just received the right opportunities, were born into the right circumstances and got the right amount of luck etc.
Imagine if there was a snooker table or a piano in your home. You would have a better chance of becoming good at that compared to if it wasn't in your home to begin with - right?
All of a sudden you will realise that the most successful people in the world didn't become that way just because they worked hard and were extremely talented. There's more to it than that, a lot more. The month you were born, your culture, ancestors, friends, circumstances along with hard work and determination is how they became successful. This book is incredible, Gladwell is incredible. And he'll tell you how he became incredible. Unmissable, a must read.
"Interesting but examples & explanation too lengthy"
A really interesting perspective on exceptional achievement. Some of the examples given were too long which became a bit tedious which made it hard not to drift off and lose concentration.
I loved the book. It is great to hear other people's success stories and is really thrilling to listen to it.
Love it. Really made me reevaluate my understanding of success and privilege.
Malcolm Gladwell highlights the complexity of Fairness and opportunity and underlines the importance of hard work and practice.
"Oh my God!"
Malcolm Gladwell digs deep into the many reasons for success to create a very compelling book that really shakes your world view into how things work and how successful people really get where they are.
Fantastic book, and even better that it's read by the author himself who does a great way of properly sending the message he wants to convey through his words.