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    From the best-selling author of The Bomber Mafia, learn what sets high achievers apart - from Bill Gates to the Beatles - in this seminal work from "a singular talent" (New York Times Book Review).

    In this stunning audiobook, 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.

    ©2008 Malcom Gladwell (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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    Those who appear to be extraordinary are ordinary people

    In this book, Malcolm does a study of many of the highly successful people we know to prove that it is not mostly what they were born with, that is having a higher IQ or having a special talent who got them where they got. They had to put a huge amount of work, they took advantage of their environment, the period where they were born, gifts from their past generations and more. The example of Bill Gates show it clearly that he was advantaged not only because he was born in a blessed period to get mature during the IT boom, but also, having access to an outfitted computer in 1968 when he was 13, during that same period, computers were so expensive that even professors in computer science barely had access to them, and programming was so complex, by the time he showed up at the Silicon Valley, he had more than 10 000 hours of programming in his fingers. Nearly all of us, if given same opportunities with the outliers, we will surely write the same stories, if not better.
    The Asians do not have higher IQ than the rest of us, the just have more school time and work harder than the others, this is why the will outperform the rest of the world in maths and other scientific complex subjects. The example of the KIPP schools brought to the USA is a demonstration that working harder and for longer period can yield impressive results.

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    Food for starters, essentials for the advanced.

    I can honestly say, i don't follow these kind of books much in my universe,
    A Top Drummer Thomas Lang recomended this book in his top 3.

    It's what it is, a book about Ordinary people.

    Easy understandable and the author made it a fun journey!

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    Simply the best

    I loved the book. There was a lot to learn from every chapter. 👌

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    Very inspiring and educative

    It's an interesting book with a wide reach of examples of genius of all kinds and a deep look into what are the drivers of success, which surprisingly are not things beyond reach. Encouraging and educative.

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    Une recette scientifique du succès

    La théorie de l'auteur : le génie ne rencontre pas de succès sans baigner dans un environnement propice à la réussite, est bien démontrée et ce, de manière concrète avec des exemples passionnants. Ce livre permet de comprendre quel environnement est le plus fécond pour optimiser ses chances de réussites. Il offre aussi une lecture réaliste du succès : il ne suffit pas d'être doué, il faut travailler de manière acharnée.

    J'ai adoré et je le recommande vivement, néanmoins trouvé que certains chapitres auraient gagné à être plus courts.

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    fantastic as always

    I never want Gladwell's books to end, Outliers was no exception. so fascinating and enjoyable.

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    • Dvu
    • 03/06/2020

    Fascinating book about success

    This book gives a very interesting point of views about success by analyzing the stories behind successful people, schools, companies and even societies. It shows that success derives from a combination of many factors including the time, family, race, tradition, etc. Having a high IQ is just not enough to guarantee a successful career. You also have to be born in a right time at a right place in a right family, to be given a chance at a right moment... but maybe the most important message is that all outliers put a lot of time and effort into what they do. There is no exception, no shortcut for success.

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    • DG
    • 18/09/2019

    A different view on success.

    Read by the author this book unwinds the perceived notion of success into what circumstances allowed them to be successful. It is one one my favorite books

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    clear and easy to listen

    clear and easy to listen to while you are walking. enjoy his narration of success. insightful but not pretentious usual American bestseller. I think gladwell has improved a lot from Blink

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    • Scott T. Hards
    • 13/12/2008

    Engaging, but overrated

    Outliers has many interesting statistical anecdotes sprinkled throughout, to be sure. My interest was held. But at its core, the book's central theme is simply "successful people are aided in their success by their families, culture, education and other chance factors. They could not have done it alone." This is not exactly a particularly profound revelation. Gladwell repeatedly asserts that most people think Bill Gates-type successes are simply due to that person's raw talent and little else. But is that really the case? Does anybody really think Bill Gates could have achieved what he did had he been born in Botswana, for example? What's more, while crediting these outside factors with making these "outliers" possible, he fails to note that in almost every case, hundreds if not thousands or even more other people had virtually identical birth situations, yet failed to achieve greatness. Gladwell's goal seems to be an attempt to take the shine off of society's great success stories by, in effect, claiming they just got lucky. But I think the formula for producing an outlier is more complex than that. Too often in this book, Gladwell seems to be profoundly stating the obvious.
    Gladwell's narration of his own work is generally skillful and an easy listen.


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    • KevinH
    • 21/11/2008

    Captivating (if not an outlier)

    Regardless of what you ultimately think of the author's analysis, Gladwell is a masterful storyteller, weaving together interesting anecdotes from such diverse sources as plane crash research to hillbilly feuds to standardized math tests. That Gladwell narrates the audio book himself adds greatly to the listening experience. Critics will complain that his thesis is obvious (that opportunity, cultural inheritence and hard work play key roles in success), or that his examples are selective and ignore in turn outliers that don't illustrate his points -- or, somewhat inconsistently, both. But Gladwell's books are successful because he examines phenomena and topics of importance in an accessible and entertaining way. No one should mistake Malcolm Gladwell for a big thinker like, say, Stephen J. Gould, but Gladwell would be the first one to tell you that he's no outlier. Don't accept everything the author says as truth revealed, but do listen to this book -- it's one of the best non-fiction offerings available through Audible.

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    • Leah C. Day
    • 14/09/2009

    Interesting

    This was a pretty interesting book. I don't agree with all of the reasoning, but it's an interesting theory.

    The one downside to this book is that if you're looking for motivation, it might work the opposite effect.

    This book is about how luck and certain circumstances make you more likely to be successful such as your birthdate, ethnicity, and religion.

    If you easily see your circumstances as beyond your control, you may read this book and feel disheartened that you're not lucky or have the right circumstances to be successful.

    I believe luck is part of it, but drive and ambition are also important too. You DO have the power to alter your circumstances, even if you've not been given special advantages.

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    • Chris
    • 23/08/2010

    This book should be called 'selective evidence'

    Whilst a lot of the ideas in this book are not Gladwell's alone, he takes responsibility for presenting them as if they were fact. Some parts are fascinating - such as the investigation of pilot errors which lead to crashes - but much of it falls woefully short of sound argument. The main points in the book are either obvious or highly questionable: intelligence alone is no trigger for success; luck is big factor in all great achievements; 10,000 hours of practice is required to achieve excellence at anything.

    The examples he provides completely ignore the possibility that timing is not just luck, but actually a inherent quality of the thought process that goes into the idea of the business in the first place. Did Bill Gates really become so successful purely because he was: a) in the right place at the right time, and b) put in 10,000 hours of programming in an age when computers were hard to come by? By drawing these conclusions he overlooks the unprovable possibility that Gates may have become successful in another area had he not been born at the right time to start Microsoft.

    Were the Beatles successful because of their 10,000 hours of practice in German nightclubs and the like before their 'breakthrough' US number one? Even if you ignore Gladwell's convenient use of their US breakthrough to mark his 10,000 hour cut-off (coming 18 months after their UK success), were they really successful because of the amount of practice they put in? Was it merely musical competence that raised them above their peers? What about inspiration, creative ideas, charisma, chemistry or pure unteachable songwriting genius? And what about the likes of Nick Drake, or Kurt Cobain, or Buddy Holly? They could not have possibly put in the 10,000 hours 'required' practice as prescribed by Gladwell. There must be hundreds or thousands more in the world of music, film, literature, or even business who do not conform to the 10,000 hour rule. Yet they are conveniently overlooked.

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    • Gaggleframpf
    • 30/09/2019

    Not Really About Outliers.

    This books title leads you to believe that it's going to talk about statistical outliers, but it only nominally does that. Gladwell ignores actual outliers in the teeth of the statistical cases he presents.

    One of the earliest examples he uses of "Outliers" are individuals in Canadian hockey teams. Because individuals are filtered into teams by their birthdates, the players with earlier birthdays, in January or February for example, have a year of growth ahead of those in the same league with birthdays in December or November, and therefore they are advantaged over those players every single year through school and on up into professional hockey. These players get more advantages because they continue to outperform the others, which causes them to get more advantages, which causes them to continue to outperform the others, ad infinitum. The result? There are a supermajority of professional Canadian hockey players with early birthdays, and a minority with late ones. So far, so good.

    He then goes on to say that those with the early birthdays are the outliers that go on to achieve Hockey success later in life. But these only seem like outliers if you consider them against the majority of humans that aren't professional hockey players and never would be. In reality, statistically, the minority of players with birthdays in October through December that nevertheless reach professional status in Hockey and succeed ARE the real Outliers in his sample! They represent a minority but must be truly outstanding individuals, or at least more outstanding than those who succeeded merely because of their fortunate position and nominally superior maturity. These people would be interesting to learn about. He ignores them in his analysis. It's not even clear whether he knows the problem of their existence presents a problem for his thesis.

    I wanted to read a book about statistical outliers -- truly outstanding people and what makes them up. Instead, Gladwell conveniently ignores many truly remarkable individuals in his quest to explain away accomplishments that have been reached through privileged position or status.

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    • Robert W
    • 09/05/2009

    Intriguing but the research is questionable

    This book is quite intriguing, but often as I listened I began to wonder about his research methodology. His facts, while compelling seem to be only part of the picture and I began to wonder as to how much picking and choosing of facts was going on to support his points. His determination to support his rather deterministic view is clear throughout the piece.

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    • S Prabhu
    • 27/12/2008

    Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format

    Unusual take on a topic that is taken for granted. The author's voice enhances the message-highly recommended audiobook-perhaps my best book of the year!

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    • Thomas
    • 10/09/2009

    not drinking the cool-aid

    I just did not find this book that compelling, much less convincing. The author is a master at taking a series of observations and making a circumstantial case for a point, but then never critically assessing whether his assertions are correct by looking at them in some objective manner. The hypothesis is that there are random but predictable factors control our fate. So here is the problem. It is easy to look retrospectively and say, Bill gates is who he is because someone bought a computer for his 8th grade class which gave him a unique opportunity. So if that purchase was the key for bill, what happened to all his classmates and why don't we know anything about them. Another hypothesis is that its really the extent to which you practise that determines your outcome, so really successful musicians are there because they practiced more over the years. Umm, but what led them to practise so much more at an early age? The author acts like he has solved the nature vs. nurture; argument, but it is not so simple. Then ther is the statements that once you reach a certain basic level of height for basketball players or intelligence for the rest of us, that additional height or intelligence does not matter. Umm, why do BB players get measured to the millimeter at pre-NBA draft camps, and why does their stock fall if a player is found to only be 6-6, instead of 6-8, and why are there so many slow relatively clumsy 7-0 white guys sitting on rosters if height above 6-2 does not matter.

    Overall, I felt the entire time like a jedi master was trying to fool me with a mind trick. This is a nice book written to sell, not to really investigate or study an issue in any scientific or significant manner. Once you start poking holes in his arguments, it makes listening to him more and more painful, although the audio quality is good.

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    • GW Support
    • 15/02/2019

    Don’t dilute your potential with this book

    This book’s entire theme is basically that chance determines your successes in life. Hard work, preserverence, determination, commitment and resilience are qualities that this book does not celebrate. Instead, it focuses on culture, upbringing, date of birth and chance. If you are looking for self improvement, I would highly recommend skipping this title and reading books like “The secret of the ages” by Robert Collier, “The power of your subconscious mind” by dr Joseph Murphy, “The richest man in Babylon” by George S. Clason etc.

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    • J. Reichel
    • 28/05/2009

    PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!

    This book is a must read for every educator, administrator, politician, or parent.

    In "Outliers", Malcolm Gladwell writes a compelling book that everyone in anyway connected to the education of our children needs to read.

    For too long, education has been stagnant; floundering in a system that continues to cling to outdated policies and practices. Through out this book, Gladwell provides solid reasons for restructuring while pointing out concrete changes that if made could provide higher levels of success for many more student than the current system provides.

    It is NOT about haves or have nots. We all have, but we are not all given the opportunities needed to succeed. Our education system has got to change.

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    • Amazon Kunde
    • 06/02/2009

    hochinteressant - und spannend geschrieben/vorgele

    Gladwell beschreibt, wie besondere Menschen Besonderes leisten könnten. Es ist eben nicht nur Talent, sondern 10.000 Stunden Übung, die richtige Idee zum richtigen Zeitpunkt - geboren aus dem richtigen Background.Und selbst wenn man ihm nicht zustimmen möchte - dieses Hörbuch macht in seiner Lebendigkeit einfach Spaß!

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    • Sarah
    • 09/08/2020

    All good points that lack depth

    Gladwell correctly points out how people's success is formed by many variables, including many that we don't have any influence on. However, 2 things aren't cool:
    1. He discredits anyone from his/her achievements. Any personal character trade, action or event in one's life may be ascribed to something one didn't have any influence on (upbringing, culture, what not). And actually it doesn't matter if that trade/action/event lead to success or failure. Gladwell discredits but at the same time takes away responsibility from people.
    2. He makes some connections that he doesn't provide any proof of.

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    • Marc Dierckx
    • 06/12/2015

    Talent demystified

    Entertaining book that provides an insight in the limits of talent and an advice to every parent and/or caretaketr not to look for the talent in each child, but to create the surroundings to foster the motivation of the kids and bring out the best in them. Also an insight in the fact that some are born more lucky than others, because the time was right and the prevailing environment made it possible for the result of their effort to shine brigther.

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    • Benjamin
    • 18/01/2012

    Sehr gut!

    Sehr realistisch dargestellt mit vielen praktischen Beispielen und deshalb so gut. 10.000 Übungsstunden und zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort. Bill Gates hatte z. B. ein ganz besonderen Umfeld. Es lässt sich vieles logisch erklären und nicht alles auf Begabung beschränken.

    Es lässt einen nachdenken, welche Voraussetzungen im eigenen Umfeld dazu führen könnten die Spitze zu erreichen bzw. was war es, das gefehlt hat?

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    • PK
    • 30/05/2022

    Awesome and motivating book for live long learners

    very concise
    food examples
    interesting narration

    Thank you for the time and money well spend.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 06/03/2022

    very worth listening

    content was very interesting, stimulating and original. Narration calm, clear and with a pleasant tone

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    • FragenderFragesteller
    • 08/06/2021

    Sehr empfehlenswert !

    Tolle Betrachtung von den verschiedenen Faktoren für Erfolg. Spannende Ideen, gut erklärt und mit interessanten Beispielen unterlegt.

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    • nana k
    • 05/09/2020

    Well presented arguments

    Interesting arguments to the story of success. The story of success is much more complex than we are often told.

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    • Julia M.
    • 17/06/2020

    good but full of biases

    the book shares important insights on mindset and statistics, but the author’s views are clearly full of biases.

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    • Sanjay M
    • 07/05/2020

    This is awesome!

    One of the best book I ever came across. It gives a different light upon the general understanding (common misunderstanding?!) of who an outlier is. The ideas, as crazy as it sounds the scientific evidences author sheds throughout the story says the truthfulness of the matter in question. Although it's a book written for the goal of learning who's an outlier and does it even matter, this is a great case study on successful people of history. The book is well arranged and the author's narration is as good as it can be.