Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.
©2008 Malcom Gladwell; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
What separates star athletes, scientists and entrepreneurs from the rest of us? What sort of stuff are self made millionaires made of? Malcolm Gladwell tackles the stereotype of the independently successful in his book Outliers. From rags to riches, or riches to rags, each of us are profoundly influenced by our environment. Gladwell argues that there is no such thing as the self made man and that your future is more inherited than earned. His focus is on environmental factors such as date of birth, geography and family heritage. Want to know the best month to be born to become a famous NHL hockey player? What about the right year to become a technology mogul? Gladwell highlights a series of markers that will exert the greatest amount of influence over ones future successes or failures.
This book is well written and flew by. I thoroughly enjoyed Gladwell's The Tipping Point but had more recently been disappointed by his more recent work titled Blink. All of the incite and intrigue that made up the former work are found in Outliers. The arguments are interesting and not too drawn out. Each chapter moves the argument forward and is seasoned with interesting and colorful characters.
I would recommend reading this book. I was left thinking about my own story and the people who have influenced me over the years. Gladwell shares some thoughts towards improving the future of others by adapting new cultural standards. Some of these suggestions are impractical but are to the point: society plays a significant role in the future of others. How can we position ourselves as a gift to others? Are we willing to see the gifts in our own lives? I think that reading Outliers can help us see tell our own stories with more clarity and modesty.
I think it is helpful to make a good introspection based on familly situations and also helped me balance PRIDE and HUMILITY.
If you plan on having children or influencing someone as a mentor or coach, you have to listen to this book.
How to be a Professional at your dream job.
Astouding information and coorelations, but it just makes so much sense...
Never read the print version
It makes you think about the world around you, and what opportunities you have been given or not.
The most interesting part was talking about the cultural personalities within the airlines.
10,000 Hour Concept
The Power Distance Index
There is something very real about the way an author reads his own work.
Yes, I liked how many case studies there were.
I don't know.
What separates outliers from other people are natural talent, a lot of practice and a little bit of luck.
This book is about how success depends on many factors, like family, culture, chance and some others.
The match of birthdays respective to some entrepreneurs generations.
The book mades many facsinating insights about the real story of the "successful". I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The way it brings amazing success stories down to earth.
No. This was the first one.
Amazing book. Makes you want to say "Ha! That makes sense!" all the time.
This was an eye opening perspective on the factors that influence success.
The factors that influence a person's success in education.
I live in Los Angeles and spend many hours in my car; I love having audio books to listen to. Mr. Gladwell added a very personal dimension when he discussed the story of his family.
"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...
"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.
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