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Outliers: The Story of Success (edition 2008)

by the dread pirate Malcolm Gladwell

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An easy read of these sort of books, business or pop psychology, and interesting. It seems to speak to the current meme: you didn't do it by yourself. Success is a combination of timing, family, opportunities, talent, intelligence and passion. Miss one and you don't achieve as much as you could have. ( )
  susanbeamon | Aug 19, 2014 |
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 |
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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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