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Outliers: The Story of Success
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2013
Enjoyed the first few chapters but lost all interest half way through. Seemed fairly disjointed with not much organization. I disagree with some of his conclusions, and feel he has found cases that fit his theory, but thrown out others that do not.

Overall I was disappointed.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2009
Interesting theories here but I just looked up the birthdates for all the current Toronto Maple Leaves, not too many January's and February's and lots of autumn birthdays.....
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33 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2009
"Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell focuses in on why people are successful and why people are not successful. According to Malcolm being successful depends on many factors including your birth date, your family, and your place of birth and of course your luck.

Malcolm explains the story of success behind the Beatles, Bill Gates, and other accomplished people, and the reason for the success of Asians at mathematics.

This book focuses in on the lives of outliers - those people who live extraordinary lives of achievement and it explains how they accomplished it. Ten thousand hours of dedicated work is one of the ways these outliers have achieved success. To be an expert at any field you basically need the magical number of ten thousand to achieve that status.

"Outliers" was an interesting read, I enjoyed reading about the Canadian hockey players (go Canada) and how their birth dates have a big influence on how successful they will be at hockey. I also enjoyed the section about airline pilots and their co-workers and how what country your airplane crew comes from can determine whether are not your plane will crash that day.

Overall I felt that Malcolm Gladwell had looked hard to find certain examples to put in his book that suited his theory and then he wrote the book around those examples. He says to be successful it does not just depend on smarts, but it depends on many factors including luck, which I agree with, but only smart people who are dedicated to their work seem to get lucky and make it to outlier status.

In the end the book did not really astound me with any new news except the hockey birth date thing and the pilot thing. To be an outlier you need to be smart (not super smart), dedicated (ten thousand hours), born at the right time and place, have the right parents with a good standard of living and you need to feel entitled. It is pretty basic stuff, sounds easy, right?
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