The Story of Success

Book - 2008
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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 looking around them-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.

In The Tipping Point Gladwell changed the way we understand the world. In Blink he changed the way we think about thinking. In OUTLIERS he transforms the way we understand success.

Baker & Taylor
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.

Hachette Book Group
n this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing. Along the way he explains the secrets of software billionaires, what it takes to be a great soccer player, why Asians are good at math, and what made the Beatles the greatest rock band.

Brilliant and entertaining, Outliers is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate.

& Taylor

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 and why the Beatles earned their fame.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316017923
Branch Call Number: 158.1 G455o
Characteristics: ix, 309 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 16, 2018

This is one of the few books I've read that I remember.
I've told many people about this.

Aug 29, 2017

Loved reading this book. I don't believe in all his hypothesis though. A different line of thinking for sure.

May 27, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyable read and narration... even the second time. He has struck upon a truth universally ignored in our money, fame and celebrity obsessed culture. Intriguing.

May 15, 2017

Outliers is a book to make you question your assumptions about life, and about people who are pre-eminent in their fields. Gladwell, a Canadian, is a writer for The New Yorker, so, of course, his book is both thoughtful and highly readable. He is not so much a researcher, as a thinker who reads the research of others, connects seemingly unrelated ideas, then show the patterns throughout. Some of the ideas covered in this book are so well-know that many of us are already familiar with them, either because of Gladwell's writings or because other journalists used the same sources.

Outliers examines so-called "successful" people, and shows that, while hard work and focus are important elements in their achievements, other factors -- essentially, being in the right place at the right time with the right background -- are immensely important. He illustrates this with numerous examples showing, for instance, that if you speak Chinese, Korean, or Japanese, you'll have a major head start in counting and in doing math in you head over speakers of European languages, and, that the legendary figures of Silicone Valley were all born within about three years, and, as teenagers, had access to computers not dreamed of by others. We learn why, unless your kids are rare exceptions such as Sydney Crosby , you can forget about them becoming NHL players if they wasn't born in the first half of the year. (Do your own research this by looking up hockey players' birthdays on Wikipedia.)

Outliers is a healthy antidote to the many business and self-help books promising that you can will, meditate, pray, or visualize your way to fame and fortune. Gladwell even uses his own history to show us that flukiness is an important factor in defining our reach and limitations, and in determining how well we do in life.

Jan 04, 2017

I have heard several of his essays mentioned in this book elsewhere, and heard his major theses in this book, too. But it was good to finally read it. I enjoyed it. I do think his theories are kind of flawed and cherry-picked. On the other hand, he does bring up good points about being born at the right time, and other circumstances creates the environment for someone to succeed.

BostonPL_LauraB Sep 12, 2016

Recently I had listened to an episode or two of his podcast, Revisionist History, and I definitely enjoyed those for the most part. Now that I've read a book by him, I realize how similar in style they are - love his storytelling and he makes some very intriguing points. Excited to read more by him!

Aug 30, 2016

Great book filled with cocktail-party-ready stories and anecdotes about famous figures and why they became so successful. Spoiler: it's a combination of hard work (10,000hrs of deliberate practice, to be precise), social abilities, and luck.

Aug 06, 2016

Outliers: the Story of Success. --- by. --- Malcolm Gladwell.
What is success anyway? Is it a job that pays googles of money? Is it a job that is somehow satisfy? Is it a job the confers on you The ability to express yourself freely? Whatever it is it's almost certainly not the result of the efforts of the individual who achieves it. In fact it is Gladwell's contention that success comes as a result of the junture of any number of fortunate factors. Were you born in December or January? What is your IQ? In what year were you born? What is the nature of your demographic cohort ? All of these factors come into play, many more in fact, explain success or failure. Gladwell writes well, this goes without saying. The points he makes are always backed up anecdotally. The book isn't big but it does Pack a big whallop. There are a lot of people who should read this book: those who make decisions in education; airline executives; those in the legal profession and lots of others .given all the insights this book purveys, it is a book that should be read by many.

Mar 12, 2016

I remember reading The Tipping Point and The Blink. I don't remember what they were about without looking them up. I do remember, and that's very important, that enjoyed both of them tremendously. Will I remember, five years down the road, what were Outliers about? Probably not. But I will remember enjoying the intricate mechanism of this author's mind. And when the next title comes along, I know I will enjoy that too.

Catmamakim Feb 15, 2016

This audiobook was perfect for my daily long drives in the car. Narrated with a gentle voice and exceptionally detailed with accounts of fascinating human phenomena, it was a great alternative to listening to the radio and repetitive news stories. The Outliers kept me engaged and wanting to hear more, disappointed every time I had to turn the car off.

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Dec 15, 2011

To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages that today determine success – the fortunate birth dates and the happy accidents of history – with a society that provides opportunities for all.

Nov 05, 2009

... and no one - not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses - ever makes it alone.


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