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on March 21, 2017
Overall, I liked this book - its a very interesting read for sure, however, it seems very simplified at points to the extent that you might as well say success depends on whether the Universe is with you or against you. That idea and attitude is ridiculous - the Universe is neither for or against you. Success in life depends largely on internal factors, not how or where you grew up, whether or not you were poor, when your birthday is, or who your parents are. These things may help but they will not determine how far you will go in life - success is when preparation meets opportunity, which is true for all the examples in the book. On that note, the examples in the book are all MEN. As a successful, educated woman, this is offensive given this book was written in 2008 and not 1950. WHERE ARE THE WOMEN??!! There are plenty of examples today so leaving out half the population is unacceptable. Leaving out half of the population also makes it easy to justify your argument!
The discussion on culture and behavior I'm already familiar with and this is definitely true; ditto for the cultural difference in attitudes towards work and school. Overall, its a good book but at points it really simplifies how people achieve the success they have.
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Gladwell is an excellent writer who is able to combine facts and weave it into a story. I had read several of his books. However, this one was my personal favorite. The only real critical review of this book written by reviewers was that there are no women, I was not bothered by this as a female. It is not an overly intellectual read, more something to read quickly for fun.
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on January 8, 2017
Great read! You should read Peak by Anders Ericsson, the man behind the 10 000 hour rule. According to Ericsson's research it does not take 10 000 to reach optimal level.

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on March 2, 2017
One of those books that subtly changes you and your outlook on the world. Using anecdotes, riveting details, and data, Gladwell has planted the idea in my head that the world we have is not by coincidence or sheer dumb luck. We have the ability to change ourselves and our world, and become outliers too. There is no magic secret. It means looking at ourselves, at work habits, our cultural legacy and asking ourselves some hard questions. Gladwell's thesis is inescapable and puts the responsibility on each of us to create a better world and a better self.
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on April 23, 2017
Wow! The issues which Malcolm Gladwell raises here can truly empower us if we implemented them for ourselves, our children and our students.
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on August 31, 2016
Although the book is a bit long for its core message, it is a great read.

We are all shaped by the culture, friends, environment, and opportunities we have through our lives. So is our success. After reading this book, do not forget however that our success is also shaped by the choices we make.
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on November 26, 2015
Gladwell is always a great read. His ability to take diverse stories and weave them into a form that supports his thesis is wonderful. Good stories, good premise. Thanks Malcolm.
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on December 27, 2015
Gladwell sure knows how to turn beliefs and conventional wisdom on their ears. Deeply thought through and well researched.
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on May 30, 2017
awesome book...well written...excellently researched...wow.
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on May 24, 2017
Gladwell is a great author. His style is great and so is his information. Great book.
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