Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
©2008 Malcom Gladwell; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
Very interesting. Changes my view of the world, "successful" people and my future. Highly recommended for those that are curious about the world around them.
I love the fact that Malcolm gladwell narrates his own books, you feel his passion. He has made me fall in love with social psychology, and I an currently practicing everything I've learned from his books.
This book really illuminated a lot of truths about life to me. I've always had this mindset of working hard but also bring interdependent and needing to take advantage of any good situation. This book strengthened that view and showed me a world of numbers I was completely blind to. I've already recommended it to a few friends.
Gladwells bias towards cultural influence completely skews his ability to see how truly unique many of his "examples" are. Like the other Gladwell books I feel as if he is to smart to have missed the obvious fact that these "examples" have still accomplished what others who have had similar "privilege" have not. Gladwell cherry picks each persons story in an attempt to prove his point while failing to tell each persons whole story. Once again I feel railroaded.
That said, Gladwell is a great story teller And a fun read when you can get over his blatant biases.
A little left-leaning and very curious
A book to turn everything you thought you knew about success upside down - or more correctly - right side up. Very well written and wonderfully narrated by the author.
Basically a lot of long winded stories, often making it hard to find how it ties into the sunject mater, to get his simple point across. Basically successful people or outliers work very hard to get where they are, have help from family or friends, have hard work and success instilled in them from a young age by their family or culture, and catch lucky breaks along the way. That was the whole book summed up with out all of the filler non sense.
"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...
"Tries to make a point, fails by cherry picking"
There is value from this book. Not IN in this book. It tries to give a point of circumstances influencing individuals, but HOW ABOUT individuals who make their own circumstances? Throughout the book the author makes a point of how lucky those people/nations were to have the right circumstances. What I thought to be a story on how outliers make themselves, it was a story on how outliers arise. Good. Well I'll tell you what the author missed. People can make their own environments which then shape them further which helps them make better decisions and open their own opportunities. The world is more fluid, dynamic, fast and changing than it's ever been before. The exact slight things the author misses by focusing on the last century are the ones most important in the present day. No longer are you such at the mercy of your elements. Today your chances need not be so great for you to grow as much. I really wish the author gave that idea.
Gladwell has cherry picked so that his narrative can fit in. So, does it mean that Outliers are not Outliers after all?
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