Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
©2008 Malcom Gladwell; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
Bill Gates, the Beatles and Hockey players.
I'd have fallen asleep if I'd waited until bedtime to enjoy a paper book. Sadly, time to read is a luxury for me. I rarely get a full chapter in before I pass out at the day's end. I enjoyed this audiobook while gutting a bathroom and even enjoyed my time in the crawl space!
We are all capable of incredible. Those who reached the top rung of the ladder had more than drive. Don't discount your passion, your genes, your intelligence. It's likely that your culture and your environment and sheer luck (or lack there of) may have stifled or spurred your success or failure in ways you've never imagined. What year were you born? Read (or better yet, listen) to this book to learn why. Imagine the best psyc class your ever took that ends before your bored with no homework and you can pause it for lunch or a call. :)
I listened to 8 hours with my Droid Razr Max and LG tone...and loved it. Equipment matters. If my batteries had died...like they used to, I'd have been annoyed. I got a nearly uninterrupted dose of this great audiobook and I'm sad that I only have one more of Malcolm's yet to enjoy. The other thing that this book brought back to consciousness was gratitude. The vast majority of us, if not ALL of us, are truly lucky. Lucky to be human, lucky to be North American..., not hungry...reading a computer screen..lucky. If you don't feel lucky or grateful for your lot in life, any you obviously have the time, talent and resources to do so then I'd suggest you are missing something. This book would be a good place to start. Happy Trails.
One of the best books i have heard so far. It's well researched, opens up your mind to a whole new perspective and helps you understand what makes people truly successful.
This is as riveting as his other books
The fact that success isn't a product of human intelligence alone but also requires a combination of luck and heritage (your upbringing and culture).
I have been quoting this book to friends on several occasions since finishing it. Or rather, since beginning to listen to it! I think that says a lot. It inspired me in the same kind of way as Freakonomics did when I read it a number of years ago. There is more reasoning in Outliers and it is more down to earth but there are similarities in how theories and models are applied to the things we all can relate to.
Gladwell keeps surprising me. Mindblowing ideas to feed your thought for a longtime. His narration is awesome and makes us even closer to his ideas as if we were chatting about some crazy stuff on a pub.
family tree buff
I've actually never "read" anything by Gladwell, but I've listened to four of his books. Gladwell reads his books as if he is humbly inviting you to share his ideas. I've learned so much about human and social behavior.
This is a stellar listen. Story moves rapidly enough to keep one's attention, but paced enough not to lose the listener. Authour's reputation did not disappoint. I especially loved the way stuff hidden in plain sight about the story of success and mostly taken for granted can contribute so much to the subject...Makes listener reflect, relate and hopefully adjust to accommodate success in their own lives.
There's no better way to reflect on deep stuff than by relating to other people's stories in the removed distance of observation.
When you were born, to whom you were born, where you were born, how hard you work, how your culture molds your values and behavior. It goes on and on. Gladwell has some intriguing theories that he defends well. He breaks the book up into case studies that "prove" various points of his thesis. They are all interesting, but my favorite was the one about his own family history in Jamaica.
I was struck in particular by the studies in which the outliers were indirectly the 'beneficiaries" of societal racism and anti-semitism, which supports the eastern notion that there's good and bad in all things.
The information in the book is fascinating -- it's incredible how much our circumstances determine our successes and how relatively little our so-called "innate talents" or "drive" do. That being said, I feel that Gladwell could have given more rounded history and perhaps more encouragement to those of us who haven't been doing X activity since age 5. Gladwell also isn't very good at inflecting his voice when he quotes others in the reading, making it difficult on occasion to tell when he's quoting. Towards the end he also gets a bit singsong-y. Overall very worth the listen.
Very interesting. Performance is good, without being too smug. The topic itself is thought provoking and makes me want to listen to Blink as well.
In my opinion this is the best work of Malcum. Must ready for anyone, espicially for parents ..
"Riveting - enjoyed it much more than the paperback"
Malcolm Gladwell is a terrific writer; he's also an experienced and effective presenter. So when he's reading his own material it's a compelling package and I was totally hooked.
He's dug up some fascinating statistics to back up his overall hypothesis: when someone is exceptional at something it's not just a case of luck or hard work.
IT millionaires all born in the same 3-year period; high performers who all put in more than 10,000 hours of practice; entrepreneurs whose experience of being immigrants influenced who they knew and what they did - and many more fascinating examples.
I'll definitely be listening to this again.
"I never thought about it that way..."
As a teacher I have spent years praising kids for being smart, then, however,they rely on that to wing the exams. now I praise them for the amount of hard work they do to achieve their goals and they do better.
Inspiring book, well read, and it has application outside its covers.
Mark from Enfield
"Just so stories"
Mr Gladwell has a nice voice and is a natural storyteller, but unfortunately he cannot think straight for an extended period (such as a book). He contradicts himself: at one point, to succeed you need the 'right', well connected, parents (high IQ elementary kids) at another point the key to success (for New York lawyers in the 1970s) is to be born on the wrong side of the tracks (jewish immigrant). He has extraordinarily low standards of 'proof': having demonstrated that certain successes (Steve Jobs, Bill Gates etc.) got lucky breaks, he then breezily states, 'Now we have shown that circumstances are actually more important than raw talent'. I find this very irritating. The main thesis seems to be 'you need luck as well as talent'. Duh?? Is that a thesis or a statement of the bloody obvious? The three stars is because, despite all this, Outliers is quite listenable. It is so low powered and well read that you never need to hit the repeat button, which is handy if your hands are muddy (as mine usually are when I'm audioing).
"Interesting, engaging and very informative"
If you've read Freakonomics, then you'll love this. Malcolm Gladwell delves deep into the reasons and circumstances around what makes some people more successful than others. The people and groups he highlights will surprise you - but more so you'll be amazed at what things had to align for them to reach that point of success. Easy to listen to, simply stated but very engaging it was hard to pause while listening on my commute to work.
A fascinating and thought-provoking book, with some excellent insights into human nature, and what goes into making great people great.
The narrator and the quality of the recording were very good.
I am really pleased I read this book. My mindset is changing & my vision has no limits.
Thanks to Sam Adeyemi (I hope to meet one day soon) for recommending this book.
A GOOD READ!
Fascinating book with lovely insights into the development of so-called Outliers. Well read by the author. If the subject matter piques your interest, it is worth the time listening.
"round in circle"
Never seem to get to the real point of the book in any concise way.
Never seem to get to the real point and title of the book in any concise way.
no it would not work.. good documentary thou
seem like self centred philosophy for his life rather than a completely thought through work. Some very interesting sections about how chance plays so much of a role in life, and why some people do better in certain fields, but can't real say that as well rounded Englishman I feel any way enlightened by this book. If I lived in a bubble, may be...
"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.
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