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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)
'Gladwell deploys a wealth of fascinating data and information to illustrate his thesis ... Outliers challenges accepted wisdom.' --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product description
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I was on the point of giving up on this book after chapter three. Most books of this type seem to have just one chapter which is the book's real point, and I rather had the feeling that I had read it and was just getting more of the same. Not so! Rather than simply drawing evidence from further afield for his initial thesis that accidents of birthdate within the calendar are the biggest factor in sporting success, Gladwell goes on to look at accidents of language, of the type of economy we grew up in, of culture in the cockpit, and of shade of skin in the Caribbean. He draws out different conclusions from each one, including the surprising notion of intelligence threshold, where being clever _enough_ is more important than maximum IQ.
The underlying premise, I suppose, is that success is inherently unfair. Somehow -- by going through his own family's history -- Gladwell turns this round right at the end to be something positive and life-affirming.
An awful lot of the evidence in this book is 'evidence by inspection', and it sometimes comes perilously close to finding causation where there is only evidence of correlation.Read more ›
The book deals with the broader context of collective contribution, a concept not new at all and acknowledged and documented in the work of most geniuses such as Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. The book adds its twist by combining it with how the Western culture view success and its contemporary drivers. The book debunks the misconception that success is an outcome of personal achievement but rather a mix of a string of opportunities, concerted effort of communities and families, luck, dedication and a quirky take on the world.
The book is an eye opener to rigid individualism and how viewing success in those terms are not only false but dangerous. We do live at a time which offers great opportunities and unprecedented potentials but they are only few and it’s important to be aware of how we view the majority who are unsuccessful. We view our system in a sentimental way that it rewards hard work with astonishing success and wealth, this is false the truth is that it only rewards one billionaire Bill Gates and one billionaire Richard Branson and nobody else can have that opportunity and if Bill Gates was not born in 1955 plus another series of lucky events the opportunity would have gone to someone else and only them.Read more ›
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The book deals with the broader context of collective contribution, a concept not new at all and acknowledged and documented in the work of most geniuses such as Isaac Newton and... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by M Fairel
Excellent read would recommend reading it through twice. Now annoyed that my parents didn't have me earlier in the decade and later in the yearPublished 4 days ago by Spineman
Great book, with lots of interesting facts that make you think why people are so good at what they do. I won't give you more details because otherwise I will spoil the funPublished 15 days ago by Nina Flores
One of the best books that I've read in a long time. Haven't finished it yet but so far there are some valuable bits of information that really challenge the way I looked at... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Fabulous37
One of my favourite books ever and a good present for other peoplePublished 28 days ago by andyosbo
Ive read Blink and wanted to try a few of Malcolm Gladwells other books - this didnt disappoint, well worth a read.Published 1 month ago by Graham Mc Cormack