Outliers: The Story Of Success

Paperback | June 7, 2011

byMalcolm Gladwell

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There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time lookingaroundthem-at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential.

InThe Tipping PointGladwell changed the way we understand the world. InBlinkhe changed the way we think about thinking. In OUTLIERS he transforms the way we understand success.

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There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time lookingaroundthem-at such things as their family, their birthpl...

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of three other books,The Tipping Point,Blink, andWhat the Dog Saw, all of which areNew York Timesbestsellers. He has been a staff writer forThe New Yorkersince 1996, prior to which he was a reporter with theWashington Post, where he covered business and science and also served as the newspaper's New York ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.12 inPublished:June 7, 2011Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Outliers is not a textbook of success, which would help you to invest in the right company that will become the next "google". Rather, Outliers is a series of lectures on the factors that one may overlook when pursuing her/his passion tiredlessly. I was delighted to read a quarter of the book in one go, while other times I had to put down the book between paragraph from the excitment. Outliers addresses some questions in my life: Why would a friend of mine never hand a decent job, even if he had a phd? Why would some regions in a country have better economy (or offer better opportunity) than the other regions do? This is just my two cents. On contrary, if I didn't want to achieve more than I was given for, Outlier might just be as good as a well-writen TV show to me.
Date published: 2015-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down. Fantastically written and not at all what I was expecting. A very eye-opening book.
Date published: 2015-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting observations. Enjoyed the book. Brought up many interesting observations and conclusions. Made me examine if his assertions actually made sense in my upbringing. It did. It also helped me understand some of my own practices in the upbringing of my four children, especially in presenting them with different opportunities.
Date published: 2015-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Contemporary philosophy As good chance to reread what may become classical thought on contemporary issues. Where do we belong? are we outliers too?
Date published: 2014-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outliers Ignite the outlier in you...a must read
Date published: 2014-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book! Gladwell discusses not only very successful people, but what circumstances and opportunities allowed them to reach that level of success. The climate and culture surrounding us helps to determine our levels of success more than almost any other factor.
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outliers "No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich.”
Date published: 2014-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Outliers Excellent reading. Addresses the key question of what it takes to be successful. A lot more than just brains. Brains, experience, history, culture, the world around you and a little bit of luck.
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outliers Another winner by Gladwell. Brilliant, insightful and though provoking. Another Gladwell classic worth reading and re-reading.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outliers This is an excellent book and has a lot of insight into phenomena that I had never considered before. I would, however, take many of the conclusions made here with a grain of salt, and if you are interested in this kind of thing, I would do further research into the studies Gladwell quotes from. I'm not saying he's wrong about his theories, but they are just theories and they are presented as fact. Nevertheless, this is a fascinating read and I highly recommend it, particularly for teachers.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outliers Great read from a brilliant author well worth the money I payed for it. Malcolm gladwell's other books are definitely worth checking out too
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outliers A thought provoking take on other influencers that make you realize there is more to success than just raw talent or intellect. You won't look at successful people in quite the same way again. It might even affect how you do things in your life in the future.
Date published: 2014-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outliers Very thought provoking as usual. Gladwell doesn't disappoint. Perfect for a light afternoon of quiet time.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outliers Interesting and very enlightening. Everyone who works with, for, or around other people should read this book.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outliers Great read about some incredible individuals.
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outliers I really enjoyed this book, it is well written and very engaging. It is thought provoking and inspiring. Seeks to explain why some people excel to such a great level and many of the un seen but significant things that contribute to it.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great and interesting read I found this book to be very insightful. You don't realize some of these facts and Gladwell brings them forth in ways that are interesting and its a great eye opener. I recommend it.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great and interesting read A brilliant book filled with intriguing true stories of outliers. It made this sociology student look at success in a whole new way. Definitely a must read!
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great and interesting read Outliers is a fantastic book, giving you insights on the reason why successful people are successful. From famous people like Bill Gates, you would learn that their success did not happen just because of coincidence and their innovation but also the fact that they were born in the right time.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great and interesting read This book is an absolute MUST read! I have recommended it to all my friends. I know it was not meant as such - but I think it is a great parenting book. Outliers are not made in a day - you have to find your child's passion early on and support them therein.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from don't bother well written, but poorly researched - no women worthy of mention so thumbs down from this reviewer.
Date published: 2013-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Edge of my seat Fascinating concepts. I couldn't put the book down.
Date published: 2013-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Very interesting read. Highly recommended!!
Date published: 2013-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Malcolm Gladwell looks at circumstances surrounding the success of some very successful people like Bill Gates and Joe Flom, and concludes that No one has ever succeeded alone. He looks at success again and explains how culture, class and luck collide with hard work in some people's lives and end up giving us success stories like Microsoft, Skadden Arps, etc.
Date published: 2013-04-10

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"No other book I read this year combines such a distinctive prose style with truly thought-provoking content. Gladwell writes with a high degree of dazzle but at the same time remains as clear and direct as even Strunk or White could hope for."-Atlanta Journal Constitution