Outliers The Story of Success Author:Malcolm Gladwell In this stunning investigation of success, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a journey through the world of "outliers"-the best, brightest, and most famous-asking the question: what makes high-achievers different? Gladwell argues that in order to solve this riddle we must focus on the contributing elements around the successful-their cultur... more »e, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way, he explains what the Beatles and Bill Gates share in common, the reason you've never heard of the smartest man in the world, why almost no star hockey players are born in the fall, and why Columbian and South Korean airplane pilots are more likely to crash. Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will transform the way we understand success.« less
Outliers is a book that challenges the notion of what makes a person successful, and that anyone is a self-made millionaire. This book has implications well beyond Blink or Tipping Point, to looking at what can be done to improve the US education system, educational expectations, becoming an expert, or to make "prodigies"/geniuses. Another fascinating section addressed why southerners in the US are so quick to anger/feuding - I wanted all my southern friends to read this book and see if they could address their anger issues! Had some insights into why certain immigrant groups succeeded when they arrived, while others continued to linger in poverty. Many of the chapters in this book were so mind-blowing, I hope that people can get these ideas out into the general discourse and change the way people act/think and public/corporate policies.
Malcolm Gladwell's latest bestseller addresses success - why some people such as Bill gates rise above the rest to phenomenal success. He terms these people "Outliers."
The chapters all follow a format which Gladwell likely has likely used frequently in his magazine writing: he begins by telling a story of an interesting individual or group of people, then proceeds to expand upon his example to make his point. The early chapters which address the influence of birth month on the chances of athletic and academic success and his study of Bill Gates are the most interesting. One overly-lengthy chapter concerning a group of immigrants slowed the momentum of the book, as did the author's telling of his own family history. Fortunately, the chapters that are good are really, really good: easy to understand and insightful.
Gladwell is one of the few non-fiction writers who can consistently appeal to the masses. There are enough interesting tidbits here to keep his appeal going.
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This was an interesting book, I read it in one sitting. However, it was different from what I expected. I assumed the author would lay out the reasons some people were more successful and then give the template. Instead, this book is truly a thesis in book form. Each chapter forms a case study of a specific example and he tells the story and then leads you down the path of how all of the "just right" circumstances allowed this person to succeed by dint of their month of birth, year of birth, race, etc. Very interesting to read but don't expect any practical advice you can use in your own life!
A Nonfiction selection for my March bookclub. A book of many examples of successful people and what their common denominators are. At times interesting and at other times I just got distracted with all the footnotes. But as always glad that I have read a book that I normally would not choose.
The Outliers is a look at what author Malcolm Gladwell thinks make a person successful. Gladwell talks about family, location and time of being born. These are all subjects that define us to the point whether we struggle getting the success or stuck at the bottom.
I thought the first half of Outliers was interesting as Gladwell talks about months and years people are born that may factor into a person success.
I was more or less bored reading the second half which discussed families, and locations that define how hard you are going to work to be successful. I also did not agree some of the facts discussed in the second half.
Outliers is an interesting read. I picked it because some of the other books I had been reading mentioned it. I would be interested in some of Gladwells other books.