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Outliers: The Story of Success Paperback – 24 Jun 2009
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You will never again think as you did before about [success] ... This book deserves the gold star that adorns its front cover (The Times)
Malcolm Gladwell is a cerebral and jaunty writer, with an unusual gift for making the complex seem simple (Observer)
Makes geniuses look a bit less special, and the rest of us a bit more so (Time)
Gladwell deploys a wealth of fascinating data and information to illustrate his thesis ... Outliers challenges accepted wisdom (FT)
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Gladwell's target is the traditional American story of success: rugged individuals, by dint of hard work and raw talent - perspiration and inspiration - achieve those magnificent success levels that elude others. Instead, Gladwell wants to show the place of circumstances and situation in this story. He wants to give success a context beyond that of one man and his willpower. Fair enough.
In order to do this, Gladwell tells some stories of his own. Lots of them, in fact. The book is one, big collection of counter-cultural stories about the nature of specifically American success. By 'counter-cultural' I mean contrary to the 'rugged individual' myth described above. This story-method is Gladwell's greatest strength or weakness, depending of what you're looking for. Me, I wanted to read something fascinating, provocative, and launch-pad like. That's exactly what I got.
Most of Gladwell's detractors find his method of extreme induction - "Here's one case so that means there's a pattern" - infuriating. I find in fun. When I read a Gladwell book, I'm not on the lookout for rigorous sampling methods or objective self-criticism. Let's leave that to university textbooks, can't we? Gladwell does pop journalism with ideas and trends.Read more ›
This book is a series of anecdotal articles on success with some interesting insights. It is not a rigorous analysis and it has not found a new Law of Success.
If you are a young little league Canadian hockey player and you are good at the game make sure that your birthday comes just after the cut-off point of the annual selection date. That way you will be one of the oldest in the next year's selection. If you are a talented musician, work very very hard at your craft. If you were a New York lawyer make sure that you graduate when the type of business skills required is changing so that you can get in before the old established firms have time to come to terms with the new world. If you are interested in computer programming be of an age when mainframes make way for time-sharing machines so that you can get direct, un-mediated experience. If you are going to be clever, do not have an IQ off the scale but just a very good one and balance it with a good emotional; and social intelligence.
Halfway through the book the author says: "Can we learn something about why people succeed and how to make people better at what they do by taking cultural legacies seriously?Read more ›
Clearly Malcolm Gladwell has taken those reservations to heart: in Outliers he has been scrupulous to sketch out an integrated underlying thesis and then (for the most part) array his anecdotes - which, as usual, are interesting enough - in support of it.
Unfortunately for him, the theory is a lemon. Nonetheless, the flyleaf is hubristic (and unimaginative) enough to claim "This book really will change the way you think about your life". It's not done that for me, but it has changed the way I think about Malcolm Gladwell's writing. And not for the better.
Gladwell has looked at some psychological research into success and genius and has concluded that, contrary to conventional wisdom, success isn't to be explained by raw talent.Read more ›
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Excellent, very insightful. I love the stories and the examples he gives. A lot of general, and inspirational knowledge to be found here and it's written well. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Ameen Hach
I wish the book was longer. Malcolm's stories are thought-provoking and let you appreciate the beauty of what happens to the lives of the successful.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good book to read but does that means if we are in the wrong place at the wrong time, it is not much chance for the rest of us!Published 18 days ago by AprPinkBlossom
Great insight into success. Quite a revelation and once you know it kind of seems obvious. Would recommend.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Simply amazing and eye opener.
Excellent for future parents
That's a book that makes you change the way you look at the world, and how you can make your way through it successfully! BravoPublished 1 month ago by Siegel
A few insights here & there, but overall too simplistic. Clearly written to be a best seller, if you know what I mean.Published 1 month ago by o.p.
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