Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
©2008 Malcom Gladwell; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
This is a fascinating book, very nicely told, that left my mind reeling and became a subject of conversation around the family dinner table and with colleagues at work.
I would definitely listen to this book again, and I've been recommending it to friends and family. I think it was good to hear a different perspective on successful people (businessmen, lawyers, iconoclasts), and to recognize that each individual has somewhat unique opportunities. It makes you think about what opportunities have been presented to you through the era you were born in, the month you were born, and who your parents and grandparents are.
Being read by the author is always a plus for me.
The information re how particular individuals, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and others on how they were in the opportune time and place to achieve their greatness.
The opening of the book outlining the Italian village immigrants who's death rate due to cardiovascular disease was well below the national norms was fascinating.
His personal experiences with the individuals he interviewed and their interactions
The authors research and findings would make great discussion for your book clubs !!
Simply a man, powered by a loving God looking to make a difference in this world!
Right from the start the authors voice and emphasis were great. I like that the author is reading it, you don't miss a thing because the author won't let you!
He can really draw you in.
I really liked discovering history all over again by looking at a story from a completely different perspective. Looking back at the American industrial age Malcolm shared amazing facts and special details uncovering the success of some of the richest people EVER!
Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan, you will love it!
My first one, loved it!
I loved the Bill Gates childhood info. Good stuff.
Read it! Or listen.
Absolutely, the book is so rich in content that it must be listened a few times to grasp a good depth of all the concepts... and to take notes!
The idea of the 10,000 hours and the explanations and exmples provided to support this thesis are memorable. In particular, the rice field examples and the correlation to Asians success in mathematics.
He is an excellent writer and reader. Very descriptive, deep, and creative.
How to become great!
We observe human outliers on a daily basis whether we are watching the exceptional athletes competing in the NBA or Stanley Cup Finals, reading about the latest billion dollar company, admiring a sketch by M.C. Escher, or listening to the works of Mozart or Bach.
However, one interesting aspect of the whole phenomenon of outliers is that for every breakout success there are droves of other people who are smarter, stronger, and more talented than their successful peers. Why is that? Shouldn't the kids growing up with the highest IQ and most raw talent end up being the most successful?
Now, if I asked you list what traits virtually all of the most successful people in this world share, you would probably give me two answers: raw talent and hard work. And, according to Outliers you'd be 2/3 correct. Outliers shows us that there is an equally important and criminally overlooked third piece in the story of a person's success: opportunity.
It's not enough if we are genius smart, great at playing guitar, or ten feet tall if we are not given an opportunity to succeed. Why was Bill Gates so successful? Well, he's obviously a genius, and he is definitely a hard worker. But, what most people don't know is that Gates was given a huge advantage in his youth; early access to a computer. Bill Gates' parents happened to put him in one of the only high schools (if not only) in the country that had access to a mainframe terminal. As a result Bill got a mammoth head start on programming and hit his 10,000 hours very early.
These facts, brought to light, have some very serious implications. Especially centered around the opportunity our children get while growing up. For instance, if you start assessing the potential of a child too early on, and you have children in your group that could be up to 12 months older than others, the older kids will immediately look better than their younger counterparts almost every time. This is why, for instance, most Canadian born hockey players are born in the first few months of the year. It all stems back to the cut-off date for pee-wee hockey. If your child is 10 years 0 months old and joins a team full of kids 10 years and 11 months old, you had better believe that he is going to get overlooked right out of the gate. He'll never be given a chance to succeed.
Every day we make decisions on who gets to succeed and who doesn't without even realizing it. -Malcom Gladwell
Outliers is a fantastic eye-opening book that has real life applications for any reader at any stage of life. I would definitely recommend you add it to your summer reading list.
To certain ones that would appreciate this type of reading
It shed light on why certain people become highly successful and others simply can't!
A bit of audio animation
I enjoy the seemingly threads Gladwell expertly gathers while telling a story as smooth as a novel.
"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...
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?
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