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Outliers: The Story of Success

by Malcolm Gladwell

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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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    Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (dste)
    dste: Another interesting book that looks at some ideas we think are right and turns them upside down.
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    The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Anonymous user)
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    The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow (infiniteletters)
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    The Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation by Frans Johansson (edwinbcn)
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    Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck (peter_vandenbrande)
    peter_vandenbrande: Beide auteurs benadrukken dat je talent moet ontwikkelen om succesvol te worden. Ze ondergraven allebei de mythe dat alleen geniale mensen de top kunnen bereiken. Carol Dweck werkt het hoe en waarom van deze "growth mindset" uit, Malcolm Gladwell nuanceert tegelijk de invloed van deze individuele inspanningen door "toeval" in het verhaal te brengen: hoe omstandigheden en toevallige kansen van invloed zijn op uiteindelijk succes.… (more)
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    Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton (peter_vandenbrande)
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    The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How. by Daniel Coyle (infiniteletters)
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    Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoff Colvin (infiniteletters)
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    Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success by Matthew Syed (ANeumann)
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    Young Nietzsche by Carl Pletsch (galacticus)
    galacticus: Both books deal with genius. Gladwell touches on genius as a study in success, what it takes generally; Pletsch as a study of one mans desire to be a genius.
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    De HR-ballon tien populaire praktijken doorprikt by P. Vermeren (peter_vandenbrande)
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Thoroughly enjoyable read, very smoothly written. Can easily finish this in a weekend.

Most enjoyed the sections about the Beatles and Korean co-pilots (something quite horrifying about black box recordings though!)

The book gives you quite a humbling feeling and makes you take stock of how lucky you are.

Parenting lessons from the book (don't take this too seriously)
1) Get your kids playing piano from 3 years old, by the time they're 20 they'll have 10,000 hours of practice.
2) Teach your kid Chinese/Korean/Japanese so maths is easier for them.
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  soylee22 | Jun 21, 2022 |
Fascinating ( )
  dan.chilton | May 12, 2022 |
Very interesting look at who succeeds and why. Skill is not always the case. When you were born effects being a professional athlete, where your family is from effects academics. There are so many variables besides intelligence, talent, and skill. Very very interesting look at people ( )
  KyleneJones | Apr 25, 2022 |
I haven't read it for a long time. But it helps to know what a left handed smart person thinks like. However in Outliers he talks too much about situations the average person could never relate to. ( )
  josephty1 | Feb 27, 2022 |
Brilliant! I am seeing the world with new and hopeful eyes. ( )
  WiseOwlFactory | Feb 20, 2022 |
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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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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.

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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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4 editions of this book were published by Hachette Book Group.

Editions: 0316017922, 031602497X, 1600243916, 0316017930

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An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.

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