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Outliers: The Story of Success (edition 2008)

by Malcolm Gladwell

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Title:Outliers: The Story of Success
Authors:Malcolm Gladwell
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2008), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 309 pages
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Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

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I really liked this book. I think it has a good theory on how to be great at what you want to do in life: Spend 10,000 hours doing it, and not just 8,000.

There are other measures to be taken, of course. But Gladwell does present some good evidence for his theories. He suggests that it is *always* hard work, and other times it is being born at the right time that makes it possible.

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  Benedict8 | Jul 16, 2014 |
Very interesting. Solid support for the theory of successful people being in the right place at the right time, down to their birthdates and places of birth! ( )
  darcy36 | Jul 8, 2014 |
Fantastic!interesting ideas! ( )
  abigail33 | Jun 24, 2014 |
I'm quite fond of Malcolm Gladwell, and I've been looking forward to this book for a while. I think I read it in about a day I enjoyed it so much.

Sociological patterns and case studies and most of all the very human way which he writes hasn't disappointed me. And this is quite a smart view on success that is realistic and yet optimistic.

So thanks again Gladwell! ( )
  cendri | May 30, 2014 |
In Outliers, Gladwell defines an Outlier as an exceptional oddity; a prodigy of sorts. It's the Bill Gates and Mozarts of the world. People who are insanely talented and change the course of the world. They're one of kind. Gladwell's argument is that there are no such things as Outliers. Success is not something totally inherent but really just a confluence of lucky events, hard work, timing and cultural history.

These things don't need to happen in tandem but one aspect leads to another. In Bill Gates' case, getting access to a computer and having ample time to program while he was only a mere eighth grader worked wonders for him. By the time, he was 21 and started to create Microsoft, he had more than 10,000 hours of programming under his belt.

Note: 10,000 hours is the magical number of practice to be proficient in a particular ability.

It's the same case for The Beatles and the Hamburg Effect. All those hours they spent on stage caused the honing of their skills and musical talent. Therefore, when the came to America, there were a force to be reckoned with.

Bill Joy, the king of computer programming, had the lucky break of going to a college where writing code was easier but also timing. Joy along with Gates seemed to be born at the right time, mid 1950s, where a change was coming and they could see the opportunities coming with it.

Gladwell continues that cultural history places a part. Asians, stereotype as being geniuses, are essentially hard workers. That's part of their culture to succeed. They do not have long summer vacations and take the right amount of time to solve problems. They tend not be fatalistic and work for their rewards or else they'll starve. That's the case made for the ruce patty farmers.

As I was reading this, I was reminded of when I read He's Just Not That Into You. The subject matter of both books are totally different but my reaction to both were the same: "Oh yeah, duh!" to put it so eloquently.

It makes sense that the reason every successful person in the world is where they are because of the combination of forces at play. As Gladwell demostrated with Christopher Langman, being highly intelligent is not enough. The opportunity needs to be there and the required works needs to be applied. ( )
  Y2Ash | Apr 16, 2014 |
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“Outliers” has much in common with Gladwell’s earlier work. It is a pleasure to read and leaves you mulling over its inventive theories for days afterward. It also, unfortunately, avoids grappling in a few instances with research that casts doubt on those theories. This is a particular shame, because it would be a delight to watch someone of his intellect and clarity make sense of seemingly conflicting claims.
 
The world for Gladwell is a text that he reads as closely as he can in seeking to decode and interpret it. He is adept at identifying underlying trends from which he extrapolates to form hypotheses, presenting them as if they were general laws of social behaviour. But his work has little philosophical rigour. He's not an epistemologist; his interest is in what we think, rather than in the how and why of knowledge itself.
added by mikeg2 | editThe Guardian, Jason Cowley (Nov 23, 2008)
 
The book, which purports to explain the real reason some people — like Bill Gates and the Beatles — are successful, is peppy, brightly written and provocative in a buzzy sort of way. It is also glib, poorly reasoned and thoroughly unconvincing.
 
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Pretty good book to discuss some interesting phenomena in real life, and tries to find a reasonable explanation for them. It is good to read a book life this to discuss the success, by uncovering not so well-known facts like for Bill Gates, and some other people in computer science, which I have been learning by self-study for a long time.
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Amazon Best of the Month, November 2008: Now that he's gotten us talking about the viral life of ideas and the power of gut reactions, Malcolm Gladwell poses a more provocative question in Outliers: why do some people succeed, living remarkably productive and impactful lives, while so many more never reach their potential? Challenging our cherished belief of the "self-made man," he makes the democratic assertion that superstars don't arise out of nowhere, propelled by genius and talent: "they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot." Examining the lives of outliers from Mozart to Bill Gates, he builds a convincing case for how successful people rise on a tide of advantages, "some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky."

Outliers can be enjoyed for its bits of trivia, like why most pro hockey players were born in January, how many hours of practice it takes to master a skill, why the descendents of Jewish immigrant garment workers became the most powerful lawyers in New York, how a pilots' culture impacts their crash record, how a centuries-old culture of rice farming helps Asian kids master math. But there's more to it than that. Throughout all of these examples--and in more that delve into the social benefits of lighter skin color, and the reasons for school achievement gaps--Gladwell invites conversations about the complex ways privilege manifests in our culture. He leaves us pondering the gifts of our own history, and how the world could benefit if more of our kids were granted the opportunities to fulfill their remarkable potential. --Mari Malcolm

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The best-selling author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance, and why the Beatles earned their fame.… (more)

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