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Another winner for Gladwell.

  • Nov 18, 2008
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Once again Gladwell gets beneath the hood of life and finds out how the engine runs. In Outliers he takes on diverse subjects, looking at them in ways that haven't been elucidated before (except by a few). He is a collector of these stories, not the original investigator, but he is more interesting for that reason. He synthesizes the knowledge, assembling disparate accounts into a coherent and surprising truth. He is also a wonderful story-teller. He makes the stories interesting and easy to read. I inhaled this entire book in one day.

In this volume I learned about the importance of your birthdate in sports and academic achievement, the need for 10,000 hours practice, and the advantages of emotional intelligence. Gladwell concludes that without certain advantages, few people excel. This is not a welcome conclusion, but it is an important one.

Each of these stories can stand alone, as a fascinating vignette, an instructive lesson. The implications for our world are many. An intelligent motivated individual could read this book and take any number of these ideas make it into a great opportunity to improve the world and themselves. Even more importantly, you can take the book as a whole and adopt a new way of looking at the world. This is not a how-to manual, or a self help book. Some have criticized his work because it does not give you a blueprint for success. Those criticisms miss the point. This knowledge is powerful all by itself.

I once had the good fortune to hear Gladwell speak. He did not cut an impressive figure, reminding me more of Sideshow Bob than Albert Einstein. When he began to speak, however, he wiped away all of my skepticism. Malcolm Gladwell is a genuine phenomenon. Read his book!

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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 inOutliers: 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."

Outlierscan 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 ...
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ISBN-10: 0316017922
ISBN-13: 978-0316017923
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Genre: Business & Investing, Health, Mind & Body, Nonfiction
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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