Outliers

The Story of Success

by Malcolm T. Gladwell

Number of pages: 309

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

BBB Library: Creativity & Innovation

ISBN: 9780316017923



About the Author

Malcolm T. Gladwell is a Canadian journalist, bestselling author, and speaker. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has written five books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference(2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009), a collection of his journalism, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (2013). All five books were on The New York Times Best Seller list.

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Editorial Review

There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential.   In The Tipping Point Gladwell changed the way we understand the world. In Blink he changed the way we think about thinking. In OUTLIERS he transforms the way we understand success.

Book Reviews

"In Outliers , Gladwell (The Tipping Point ) once again proves masterful in a genre he essentially pioneered—the book that illuminates secret patterns behind everyday phenomena. His gift for spotting an intriguing mystery, luring the reader in, then gradually revealing his lessons in lucid prose, is on vivid display." Publishers Weekly

" What is an outlier? The word may not be a neologism but I have never heard anyone use it in conversation. According to one dictionary definition, an outlier is 'something that is situated away from or classed differently from a main or related body'" The Guardian

"The point of "Outliers," more generally, is that success is terrifyingly contingent. Intrinsic qualities are required, but a lot of things also need to break just right, and a prodigious amount of luck is necessary." The Wall Street Journal

"Outliers mostly seems to argue: choose the right parents, the right people and the right period if you truly seek to shine." The Independent

With his knack for spotting curious findings in the social sciences, his vivid writing about phenomena that he has named The Tipping Point, Blink,his signature Afro and his star quality in public appearances, Malcolm Gladwell stands out among contemporary writers: In his own terms, he is one of the outliers--"men and women who do things that are out of the ordinary." The Washington Post

"Begin with the title. An “outlier,” in statistics, is an observation so far outside the general range of one’s data as to indicate a possible source of distortion." Atlas Society

"His new book, Outliers: The Story of Success,with its entertaining psychology and sociology, is catchy and beautifully written." The New YorkTimes

"Outliers can be repetitive. Gladwell also veers off track at times, as in his explanations of why Korean airline carriers have more crashes and why white Southern men seem prone to violence—hardly examples of success." Bloomberg Business

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Intellect and achievement are far from perfectly correlated.

Their success was not just of their own making. It was a product of the world in which they grew up.

Lucky breaks don’t seem like the exception with software billionaires and rock bands and star athletes. They seem like the rule.

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What truly distinguishes successful people’s histories is not their extraordinary talents, but their extraordinary opportunities.

The people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.

The thing that distinguishes one performer form another is how hard he or she works.

by the age of twenty, the elite performers had each totaled ten thousand hours.

Not every hockey player born in January ends up playing at the professional level. Only some doــــthe innately talented ones.

The way they treat those “all-stars” ends up making their original false judgment look correct.

Achievement is talent plus preparation.

It’s not about tall trees. It’s about forests.

It is only by asking where they are from that we can unravel the logic behind who succeeds and who does not.

The culture we belong to & the legacies passed down by our forebears shape the patterns of our achievement in ways we can’t begin to imagine

People don’t rise form nothing. We do owe something to parentage and patronage.

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