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Outliers: The Story of Success By Malcolm Gladwell Outliers The Story of Success In this stunning new book Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of outliers the best and the brightest the most famous and the most successful He asks the question w

  • Title: Outliers: The Story of Success
  • Author: Malcolm Gladwell
  • ISBN: 9780316017923
  • Page: 401
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Outliers: The Story of Success By Malcolm Gladwell In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of outliers the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful He asks the question what makes high achievers different His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from thatIn this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of outliers the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful He asks the question what makes high achievers different His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.
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    1. Rebecca on said:

      Gladwell argues that success is tightly married to opportunity and time on task He states that it takes approximately 10,000 hours to master something and that gives me comfort It helps me feel better about my many failures at initial attempts to master things like glazing pottery, algebra, Salsa dancing, skiing and sewing to name a few I kept thinking, I ve just got to put in hours if I want to do better While I can see a different way of spinning the data provided to support Gladwell s argume [...]

    2. Trevor on said:

      I know, you don t think you have the time and there are other and important books to read at the moment, but be warned, you do need to read this book.There are a number of ways I can tell a book will be good one of those ways is if Graham has recommended it to me how am I going to cope without our lunches together, mate And there is basically one way for me to I know that I ve really enjoyed a book, and that is if I keep telling people about it over and over again Well, not since Predictably Ir [...]

    3. BillKerwin on said:

      When I think about Malcolm Gladwell, the first phrase that comes to mind is less than meets the eye At first glance, his work seems thoroughly researched, even visionary at times Beginning with a few maverick, counter intuitive insights, he often ends with an affirmation of consensus, but it is a consensus that has been broadened by investigation and enriched by nuance.On second look, however, I m no longer sure any of this is true What first appeared to be new insights are nothing but familiar [...]

    4. Allie on said:

      Didn t exactly read this book Joe and I listened to it in the car on the way home from visiting family for Christmas I really enjoyed it, and was very fascinated by certain parts of it, especially the sections about the Beatles, computer programmers and Korean co pilots.But my enjoyment of the book was marred by the glaring absence of any well known female outliers By chapter four or so, I noticed it and mentioned it to Joe, and then it just kept getting worse to the point that it was comical an [...]

    5. Steve on said:

      Occasionally insightful, but Gladwell s science is pretty junky His reasons for success change by the page And he cherry picks examples to exactly fit the scheme under consideration Plus, he s obsessed with callbacks and summary statements that only showcase the faulty connections between ideas.

    6. David on said:

      Malcolm Gladwell s new book reads like a series of cocktail party anecdotes Whether the book is a mere fluff piece or something is open to debate At its heart, it has two themes 1 That success depends not just on talent but opportunity, and 2 that success and failure also depend on the cultural legacies we inherit from our forebears Boiled down, here are his essential ideas OPPORTUNITY1 Luck matters Hockey players who happened to be born between January and March were disproportionately represe [...]

    7. Eric on said:

      I can save you the trouble of reading the book smart people don t automatically become successful, they do so because they got lucky This rule applies to everyone including the likes of Bill Gates and Robert Oppenheimer That s it That s what the whole book is about Gladwell looks at case after case of this Canadian hockey players, Korean airline pilots, poor kids in the Bronx, Jewish lawyers, etc Even with all this evidence it feels like he s pulling in examples that fit his theory and ignoring [...]

    8. Jonathan on said:

      Here s what I wrote earlier I have to admit to the I think and talk about the book, the less I think of it It all seems too superficial.A pretty interesting book, albeit with not quite as many knock me over with a feather moments as Blink It starts off with a bang, as he discusses amateur hockey teams and how it was noticed that virtually all the players on an Under 18 hockey team came from the first three months of the year Turns out the age cutoff is January 1 in Canada, so the older players [...]

    9. Adam on said:

      People are criticizing this book because it is not a journal article Well guess what we re not all sociologists I have read plenty of journal articles in my own field law I m in no position to read journal articles in fields outside my own Having a well written piece of mass market writing is just the thing I need to access this information.Another criticism of the book is that Gladwell is the master of the anecdote Well, it seems to me that ALL SOCIAL SCIENCE is in some sense anecdotal Every su [...]

    10. Jason on said:

      I skimmed this book instead of reading it I didn t entirely love it.Although the author makes some interesting points, I find some of the correlations he tries to draw a little silly Like the Italian community in Pennsylvania where people are healthier and live longer because they have a sense of community or the fact that Southerners react violently to certain situations than Northerners because they derive from a culture of honor Sounds like extrapolated horseshit to me, especially considerin [...]

    11. Hank Mishkoff on said:

      Well, it s official Malcolm Gladwell has run out of things to say.His prose is still lively and entertaining, and he maintains his famous I look at things differently than anyone else attitude, but Outliers has so little meat that it would have appropriately been published as a magazine article.I think that the main value of reading Gladwell is that he plants a seed in your brain that encourages you to seek unconventional explanations for familiar phenomena That s a very healthy thing, and I m [...]

    12. Amir on said:

      Recommend to If you like exploring phenomenon beyond their appearance and if you enjoy story telling writings about factual subjects, here successWhat this book is about Here, the famous columnist, Malcolm Gladwell deeply investigates the topic of success and people or nations with far beyond average achievements whom he calls outliers to figure out what has contributed to their accomplishments.ProsThe way Gladwell observes and concludes is so enticing and far different from what you might think [...]

    13. seak on said:

      Outliers Or as it should be called, Outliers don t exist I not only couldn t put it down, but my wife feels like she s read it now too It starts with a story about a town whose inhabitants only ever die from old age i.e not from cancer or ANY OTHER problem and quickly goes into a story about hockey players in Canada.For some reason the best hockey players are born in January through March and rarely any time after The reason it s all because of the date of the cut off for playing hockey in the j [...]

    14. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      Outliers the story of success, Malcolm Gladwell 2010 1388 1389 325 9789644426797 21 1389 160 9786005033984 1389 1393 1389 328 9786005687170 1393 251 9786009481408 1393 305 9789641740698.

    15. Claudia on said:

      Outliers those wildly successful people, for whom normal rules don t apply Are they just lucky, talented Maybebut, outliers may not be outliers after allter reading the entire book, I was slapped by that at the very end Gladwell looks closely at success, and those who seem to have waltzed into incredible successCanadian hockey players, who just happened to have been born in the right month of the year Bill Gates, who just happened to go to a school where the PTA moms bought a new fangled compute [...]

    16. David on said:

      Malcolm Gladwell writes very interesting and entertaining books J.R.R Tolkein writes very interesting and entertaining books as well However, after reading Tolkein, I did not venture out into the world in search of hobbits, dwarves and elves to be my new friends, or worry about being attacked by trolls Tolkein s books, while entertaining, have little connection to reality Unfortunately, the same can be said about Gladwell Outliers is a series of well written and interesting essays along the line [...]

    17. Ben on said:

      This is not a feeling oriented review like those that seem to be getting esteem here While this is a well researched and easily readable book that makes some interesting points, most of its contents are pure common sense In a world so highly populated with such strong inequities, of course there will be a lot of luck and chance involved with how someone turns out, aside from those that result from innate ability You already knew that, right So, shouldn t specific ideas and remedies be offered in [...]

    18. Siddharth on said:

      If only I d read this book earlier, the old man sighed He shook his head sadly I was at the wrong end of the cut off age I d have made a champion swimmer His voice trailed off Hmmm He sighed again Then there s this 10000 hour rule What the hell am I supposed to do about it now The only thing I have 10000 hours practice is of scrunching my nose when my wife farts And even that is due to habit now You get used to the smell pretty quickly He shook his head again It s the cabbages She loves them to [...]

    19. Daphne on said:

      Wow This book was incredible This goes directly on the very tiny pile of books that I can say have drastically shifted the way I understand and view the world I know I ve heard this author s work referred to many times in other books and IRL, but I didn t realize how much of a paradigm shift in understanding human success and reality it actually was I m both sad it took me so long to finally read this, and happy that I finally did

    20. Sarah on said:

      I listened to the unabridged copy while driving to from Thanksgiving Gladwell s books are often controversial because he tends to present only one side HIS side of an argument and gloss over anything that doesn t jive with his view That said, the guy knows how to write and how to tell a story His examples of why our success may be due to random uncontrollable factors like birthdate, family upbrining, and cultural background never fail to make me think huhat s interesting

    21. Julie on said:

      In just one week, this book transformed a relatively normal woman into someone who s been saying, Well, in this book I m reading you know, Outliers Yeah, there s this section on there s this part about You should read this chapter No, no, just wait here and let me read these 3 pages out loud for you Have you read it Oh, you haven t Let me just show you this one page, it ll just take a minute I can t think of one reason why you shouldn t join me in my enthusiasm.

    22. Gautam on said:

      A well researched subject put down to plausible conclusions through inductive reasoning Gladwell did a commendable job in bringing this subject of success into a logical paradigm that is both palatable and eye opening.

    23. Chloe on said:

      Malcolm, meet Fonzie Fonzie, Malcolm I think you two will get along well together now that you ve both jumped the shark I never wanted to introduce the two of them, but I sort of feel obligated to after reading Outliers In this, his third book, Gladwell stretches his sociological study of all things common sense to its ultimate breaking point The cover touts the book as an answer to the long standing question that thousands have tried to answer before him why is it that some people succeed at th [...]

    24. Kressel Housman on said:

      This has got to be Malcolm Gladwell s best book yet, and coming from a fan like me, that s saying something As the subtitle states, this is a book of success stories, and true to his usual style, Gladwell draws on a diverse and interesting set of examples and presents a unique thesis on the ingredients it takes to make a person a success The first half of the equation is much like Carol Dweck s thesis in Mindset The New Psychology of Success Hard work matters much than raw talent In the chapter [...]

    25. Riku Sayuj on said:

      My first exposure to Gladwell SO was or les blown away by the ideas Have grown conservative in acceptance of his views as I have grown familiar with his topics through other books But still an eminently quotable book.

    26. Hadrian on said:

      I m starting to think that all Malcolm Gladwell books are the same thing a rather ordinary non controversial statement about life which is padded with pretty neat examples and then praised as revolutionary, thus selling millions of copies.Main thesis is that social ability is a greater guarantee of success than mere intelligence Well of course sociability can help But life is not as simple as the pop culture philosophers theorize.I am also distrustful of the means by which success is measured Th [...]

    27. Miriam on said:

      A completely fascinating account of why some people succeed and some don t from when a person is born to the number of hours they go to school to circumstance This will be of interest to anyone who is thinking about when to start their kids in school, people interested in education policy, ok, everybody But I m DEFINITELY sending one to my dad who was an elementary school principal and now is a mentor to principals The stuff about how schools in the US are run and how just changing how vacations [...]

    28. Usman Hickmath on said:

      What Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt have in common Why do they standout from all the other IT startups of 70s and 80s Why people from particular part of the world are good in Maths How an average kid, who don t perform better in sports than a naturally talented kid, performs well with age when given a chance Why pilots coming from certain background have a better safety record Gladwell has answered all these questions and many with analysis and references to support Cases he has picked [...]

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