Summary: 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….Read more.
Familiar with Malcolm Gladwell for a while now but somehow never read Outliers. I’d heard about the ten thousand hour theory he has and so finally got the book. Read it cover to cover and as soon as I finished immediately started over. This is genius-level stuff.
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Outliers: The Study of Success By Malcolm Gladwell Audio Book Summary
Among the many re-hashed self-help books and an increasing number of books that are super niche as far as changing life or taking on self improvement, once in a while you get a really special book that tackles a subject like power, success, or charisma in a way that actually breaks it down and brings together a work that is not only extremely useful but that sheds an entirely new light or angle of discussion on a topic that might have seemed impossible to grasp in non-philosophical terms before. Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers: The Study of Success” is definitely one of those books.
The style of this book is a lot different than other works that Gladwell has done. In many ways it is autobiographical and mixes in his experiences in his personal life along with a dedicated study not only to success, but specifically looking at instances where success occurred contrary to popular paths or belief, hence the title “Outlier.” He also studies the reverse side of this, showing how a person could be extremely intelligent, work hard, do everything right, and still not succeed.
The book is split into two parts with part one focusing on opportunities and part two focusing on legacy.
What Are the Main Themes of the Outliers Audio Download?
Perhaps the over-riding large them in the book is that while extremely hard work does absolutely matter, for overall success fate plays a serious part and we need to get away from the idea that every single person’s destiny is tied to their work and actions alone. Bill Gates spent 10,000 hours programming early computers, but he also came from a wealthy family that gave him access to computers at the right time – something very few people had back then.
Another classic example shows the month a baby is born in Canada has an overwhelming effect on who goes on to become a professional hockey player. Since children born on the first of January and the last day of December play in the same hockey league, children born early had 10-12 months of physical development over the children born at the end of the year. This means they play more, show more skill faster, and thus get more hours of practice and game time as they are growing up which gives them more skills to go with their physical advantage.
The overwhelming number of pro hockey players in Canada are born in January, February, or even March for that reason. Work all you want, but overcoming that physical gap at such a young age is a severe disadvantage.
What Outliers Tell Us About Success
The outliers help show that talent and hard work prevail when put in situations where they are allowed to thrive. At the same time many individuals who don’t have the same advantages but have as much (or more) intelligence, skills, and abilities will end up failing. The setting has so much to do with eventual success and those who overcome that are true outliers.
The book focuses on approaching success from both directions and goes to show a very different picture from what is commonly accepted.