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Another amazing book by Malcolm Gladwell. If you like his other books this one will not disappoint. Gladwell explains why some people achieve amazing success while some other, equally gifted and hardworking people do not. Gladwell posits that success is based on a special set of circumstances that are outside of the successful person's control and then does a beautiful amazing job of proving his point. While he never dismisses the factors of effort, talent and hard work, he does place these in perspective and the context of special opportunity. In a very private and interesting conclusion, Gladwell fits the theory to his own family and his own success.I am a fan - I think the author is an amazing storyteller. His skill in presenting complex scientific principals in an entertaining and simple to understand format is truly a gift.
I have to come back and review this book after reading it a few years professor created me read this book in community college. My previous education (high school, middle, elementary) was not the greatest. I grew up with a lot of discouraging teachers who assured myself and my classmates we wouldn't amount to much so there's no true point in trying. When my professor gave me this book I laughed. There was no method in hell a book was going to explain to me how success works. Because at this point, I was convinced it was is book changed my perspective on not just my education, but my goals, and how I viewed my past. The system screws over so a lot of students. And it's not just a issue in the USA, but all over the world. Sure, some success in this book is luck or timing with a few other elements. (Bill Gates, Steve Jobs) But chapters like "The 10,000 Hour Rule" are incredibly thought provoking and are lessons I often think about on a regular basis. It's been a few years and I turned my life around a lot with my education and now my career. I like to think a lot of that began after reading this book. I want I had read this in high school. If you're a teach or professor, I highly recommend making your students read this like my professor did to me.
Very well written, simple to read and follow analyses of factors that contribute to success (or failure when missed), applied to examples in sports, business (computer industry, lawyers), education and aviation. Divided up into two parts; whereas the second part tries to focus on cultural legacy in general as a giant 'sleeper' (unknown) factor, the first part describes and zooms in on seemingly random examples in order to introduce us to the factors that are not generally known or associated with the successes high-lighted/e introduction starts with an example in the zone of Health, where research has no choice other than stumbling upon an almost wonderful conclusion, simply by eliminating all other, generally better known/acknowledged factors; the author uses that to introduce the reader to an approach in thinking that goes beyond the obvious, and beyond the paradigms that usually in put (in 'accepted' mainstream thinking).The book straddles along related lines of (and sometimes overlaps with) the book 'Bounce' (by ed; see elsewhere on Amazon), i.e. when it discusses the idea of 10,000 hours (as a measure of practice in order to master something). Instead of trying to compare them, I would recommend reading them both, as they they are complementary. They both explain in detail how talent is overrated when it comes to rationalize / understand the successful and famous; there is a whole set of circumstances including (but not limited to) time, place, class/upbringing, culture, luck, dedication, etc.. Talent is but one of them, but doesn't explain everything, and only up to a certain level/point.What the(se) book(s) do(es), is that it opens your eyes to lesser known factors involved in the making of success, in a method that it allows your thinking (about things, about your life, etc.) to consider more aspects, take a broader look, zoom out more so that more things can come into the picture. Then, with the insights from that, apply those lessons to a fresh model for (parts) of society, community, etc., to be more inclusive for all (rather than then select groups or individuals). Understanding what makes success helps us make it. And that is the author's pitch here, done in a very detailed and personal, touching way. Highly recommended.
Malcolm Gladwell's writing is easy and simple to comprehend but yet has such deep profound insights. His books like Outliers take modern problems and he finds very easy solutions to them that were there just staring right at your face. When Malcolm points out these solutions, you just hit your head and say why didn't I think of that?In Outliers Malcolm gives clear insights and answers as to what makes a tremendously successful person (Malcolm's definition of an Outlier). In this book Outlier is only on the success side as the term Outlier can easily be used to define an abject loser also on the other end of the spectrum. Now the easy synopsis of this book is that a successful Outlier is not a self created man only but also needs a few lucky circumstances, ethnicity, genetics, family background and breaks to become an Outlier. After reading through Malcolm's tangible evidence, facts and anecdotes, I had to hit my head and say why didn't I ever come to these conclusions about successful people? My perceptions on success and being successful have changed.
This book was needed reading for my high schooler this past Summer Break (but I got to it first). Yes, an awesome read, as already stated in numerous reviews here. The stories that Gladwell provides are more than interesting. Convincing, amazing meal for thought. The reader should recognize that a lot of undercurrents influence and direct human activities, ambitions, and progress at macro and micro levels, more so in our faster-paced modern time. I would have appreciated a lot of more stories from Gladwell in this book, as it easily could have been a much larger book - and yet I still would have been glued to its pages. (Admittedly, the latter chapters were not as captivating as the first 2/3rds of the book, but they still serve to strengthen the author's premise.) For Gladwell, to add more stories, parallels, & content would have needed possibly a lifetime more research. This is now needed reading for my children, as they approach a college education. The insights this book will provide them should serve them for a lifetime. The insights I gained, some of which were hypotheses previously, will serve to provide more understanding of what possibly may be going on under and around me during my lifetime.
What an awesome book. For me the word outlier has a very mathematical meaning, being part of statistical analysis which I taught. It was interesting to see another dimension presented in the form of actual true life variables coming together to have profound affects on the lives of some very significant people. There were a couple of silly mistakes, like the "220 000 kgs of STEEL slamming into the rocky ground" whereby aluminum makes up 81% of the topic aircraft's basic structure (Boeing 747). I can relate to the struggle to rise up in social rank. My mother's family were Irish transplants from the potato famine of the mid 1800s on one side, and a runaway to sea from the island of Mauritius on the other. Overall the level of academic excellence in this book and the quality of intellectual thought makes it a worthy read.
Interesting stories and statistics about how "life is not fair".We all know that is true, but the info are often quite interesting. For example, most professional athletes are born in the first half of the year. Not good kids learn about as well as rich children during the year, but fall behind during the summer. Deference to authority can lead to plane e main thesis of this book is that we should reject the myth of the "self-made man" because there are precise factors that lead to anyone's success: being born in a certain year or being given a rare opportunity. And I think Gladwell is correct in this.But he tells stories of success only. What about the stories or failures or of criminals? Can't we create the same argument for those people? If that's the case how do we justify punishing people for their crimes when their circumstances were beyond their may be that Gladwell would agree on a more compassionate justice system, but by only focusing on the outliers on one side of the tail the book feels shallow and ill, I give it 4 stars because I think it is worth the read and it is entertaining.
I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher amazing book, a huge support in my endeavors. Tremendous exercises that bring clarity to the process of success! Feel like I can attack anything right now!
I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher... amazing book, the authors' stories are motivating and inspiring. They present what anyone can do if with grit and determination to succeed.
The first story I read (chapter13) was unbelievable and it looks as if the remaining stories are amazing and inspiring life lessons as well
I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher. This is a must read. Amazing motivation for me as I walk out my success story.
I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher.....it’s a amazing book with keys to better understand the process of success.
I was given an advance copy of this book by the publisher and the success stories create winning believable! A definite MUST read!
All in all it's an enjoyable game, however, my only criticism is that little box that flashes for a split second at the bottom of the screen telling you you got robbed, etc... It's really gone faster than I can read a lot of them. If they stayed until dismissed, or even until the next day, I would have fun the android game a lot more.
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The "random" encounters happen method too often, you obtain burnt, robbed, beaten up by gang. All of your cash disappears along with your health and not even a tab of notification of as to why. The tabs that present up later in the android game are in Russian for heaven knows why.
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Ok i like this android game but i have a fee little gripes i think you should be able to choose pathes in life and go all various directions also i had 55k at one point and still had to beg for meal outside of a restaurant cause I wasn't a high enough level to eat any other method who has 55k and has to beg for meal
I used to love this game. the permanent fixed selections don't work (e.g. private trainer, obtain married) so there's no point using them. the king of cans freezes the android game and forces close. my hero is getting set on fire every other move. again I used to love this game... but alot of bugs have appeared on here. an modernize would be good. maybe with fresh options to hold interest from people that have been playing this along time. I love the idea of the game.
This started off a amazing game. Fun and challenging. Then Arson came and ruined it. I'm fairly certain the homeless don't live in fear of being set on fire every week. Unfortunately not good Megatramp does. It takes away almost all your health and you are left recovering for several turns and hoping you don't obtain set ablaze to soon. That combined with gangster attacks and police bearings event almost just as frequently create it almost impossible to have enough health to work and obtain money. Fix this please.
Video test is good, but after making a purchase to remove forced ads it causes a crash every time the can person asks if you wish to watch for extra cans. No in android game help tickets, found the facevook page fir it but zero response or even seen. No supporr whatsoever for bugs.
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it's a very amazing application but u have to pay for the videos or pictures I don't like that alot but it is worth it and I suggest downloading this android game it is very fun IF u like mysterys or solving crimes. - Mi