Outliers

17 02 2009

I finished Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” today.  It was a fascinating read or listen as it was in my case. 

In this book, Malcolm Gladwell looks at the role opportunity, culture, hard work, and age might play in someone’s success. He presents his theory by delving into the background of the Beatles, Bill Gates, and Asian math scores to name a few.  These are people that somehow transcend the normal expectations of someone in their environment, in other words, an outlier. 

He chips away at the notion that intellect is the main characteristic behind some people’s success. In reality, it’s more to do with a series of external events and conditions that leads someone to become an outlier.

The audio version is read by Gladwell himself.  I had a hard time in the beginning of the book. There was something monotone or emotionless about that first 30 mins. I can’t quite put my finger on it but I’m glad I stuck it out. As the book progresses, the research and knowledge Gladwell possesses on the subject can be heard in his voice as he talks you through each scenario.

It’s a good book. I highly recommend it. 

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Outliers-Story-Success-Malcolm-Gladwell/dp/0316017922

Audible:

http://www.audible.com/adbl/entry/offers/productPromo2.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=Yes&productID=BK_HACH_000187

Malcolm Gladwell’s Website:

http://www.gladwell.com/outliers/index.html