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Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers: The Story of Success [Kindle Edition]

Malcolm Gladwell
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You will never again think as you did before about [success] ... This book deserves the gold star that adorns its front cover (The Times)

Malcolm Gladwell is a cerebral and jaunty writer, with an unusual gift for making the complex seem simple (Observer)

Makes geniuses look a bit less special, and the rest of us a bit more so (Time)

Gladwell deploys a wealth of fascinating data and information to illustrate his thesis ... Outliers challenges accepted wisdom (FT)


From the bestselling author of Blink and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success overturns conventional wisdom about genius to show us what makes an ordinary person an extreme overachiever.

Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary?

In this provocative and inspiring book, Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to professional athletes, software billionaires to scientific geniuses, to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and far more fascinating, than we could ever have imagined.

He reveals that it's as much about where we're from and what we do, as who we are - and that no one, not even a genius, ever makes it alone.

Outliers will change the way you think about your own life story, and about what makes us all unique.

'Gladwell is not only a brilliant storyteller; he can see what those stories tell us, the lessons they contain'

'Malcolm Gladwell is a global phenomenon ... he has a genius for making everything he writes seem like an impossible adventure'

'He is the best kind of writer - the kind who makes you feel like you're a genius, rather than he's a genius'
  The Times

Author, journalist, cultural commentator and intellectual adventurer, Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. His first book The Tipping Point captured the world's attention with its theory that a curiously small change can have unforeseen effects. His other international bestselling books are Outliers, which looks at the stories of exceptional individuals and reveals the secrets of their success, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking and What The Dog Saw, a collection of his most provocative and entertaining New Yorker pieces.


Mehr über den Autor

Malcolm Gladwell schrieb über Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Medizin für die "Washington Post", deren Bürochef in New York er anschließend wurde. Derzeit schreibt er für den "New Yorker".

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Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT
Early advantages plus talent plus lots of practice plus a good social heritage plus a large opportunity help people succeed. That's this book in a nutshell as described in a series of New Yorker style articles. As told, the story is much more entertaining than that, but I want you to get the essence. Mr. Gladwell knows how to pick and spin a story to make it appealing and intriguing, and he has done well on those dimensions here.

The book will inspire people to want to help others accomplish more. Any parent, any teacher, any coach, or anyone interested in improving society will find something stimulating here.

Let me give you a quick overview:

1. Mr. Gladwell draws his inspiration for this book from the studies of Roseto, Pennsylvania by Dr. Stewart Wolf and sociologist John Bruhn that established how social factors can improve or harm health. Mr. Gladwell wants to similarly expand our vision of what affects success beyond the sense that "raw talent" and "privilege" help.

2. Mr. Gladwell uses the birth dates of athletes to establish that annual cutoff dates for teams benefit those born closer to the cutoff date. This principle also affects school children. As a result, the older children in a cohort do better and get more attention. Mr. Gladwell proposes having more anniversary dates so that more youngsters will get early access to help and attention.

3. Mr. Gladwell tells us the background of Bill Joy, one of the great computer programming geniuses of all time. In the story, he points out that mastery of most disciplines requires 10,000 hours of practice. Mr. Joy got that practice at a young age because he had access to time sharing on a mainframe when most programmers didn't.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen No Blink, no Tipping Point - Sorry Malcolm! 25. Februar 2009
After two exceptional books as 'Tipping Point' and 'Blink' were, it is quite a challenge to write the next bestseller. I fear Malcolm's 'Outliers' didn't make it. It will be a bestseller, but not of this unique quality the one's before had.

At page 115 the book abruptly stops to be needful - but there are 300 pages altogether!
Let us stay with the first ones:

Outliers are humans like Bill Gates, like Canadian premier league hockey players, like violinists, composers, painters, which had an extraordinary career, earning to be called unique.

Malcolm explains in detailled and colorful stories how they achieved to become unique. What makes them extraordinary is not talent, but opportunity - or better: access, as I would like to call it.

Of all the talented they were the lucky girls and guys, which were fostered, grew up in a better neighbourhood and family, were challenged more often to become autonomous and self confident, stayed with their likes and exploited their knowledge, shifted their borders.
They worked very hard to reach the top.

That's it - almost.

Malcolm's theory that you need 10.000 hours of practice to become famous, etc. is vetoed by Seth Godin in his post "10,000 hours".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Erfolg: Harte Arbeit oder glückliche Umstände? 22. Dezember 2008
Ein sehr lesbares Popularwissenschaftliches Buch über Erfolg.

Outliers, in statistics, are results that are so extreme that they are generally not taken into account in calculations. So extreme that they are literally off the charts. Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers: The Story of Success is about people that experience this kind of extreme success. People like the most succesful hockey and soccer players. People like Bill Gates. Or the Beatles. What is it that makes people so succesful?

First, it is hard work. To become an expert in a field, one needs at least about 10,000 hours of labor. Like an Asian farmer toiling away on his rice paddy field. The proverbial 99% transpiration that comes with the 1% inspiration.

Second, it is lucky circumstances. Sheer luck. Like being born at the beginning of the year instead of at the end (which makes a surprisingly significant difference in your chances of becoming a top hockey player). Or the country you're from. Or the language you've been raised in (English gives you an early math disadvantage of about a year compared to Chinese or Japanese).

In his previous bestseller The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference, Gladwell shows that small initial differences can make for a huge end effect on a society. Also his Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking was about conclusions we all draw from small differences in quick thought processes.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Punchy prose 30. November 2013
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You want me to review books for free to pump Amazon, and then required me to at least write these many words?!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mein erstes Gladwell Buch 17. Januar 2013
Von Christian
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Dieses Buch war vor genau 2 Jahren ein Geburtstagsgeschenk, mein erster Kontakt zu Gladwell. 100% empfehlenswert: Ideen, Argumentation, Wortschatz (am besten lesen Sie es auf Englisch!), Zusammenfassung. Viele Menschen haben heute eine Obsession mit Erfolg - keiner hat den Misserfolg lieb, oder? Aber Gladwell erklärt sehr gut was sich im Hintergrund befindet - welche sind die wichtigen Erfolgfaktoren - und wie können wir Sie kontrollieren (ob!). Beatles, IT Gurus, Anwälte in der USA - die gründliche Analyse des Erfolgs.

Deswegen habe ich es vor kurzem zu Weihnachten verschenkt, und die Leserin war selbstverständlich begeistert.

Viel Spaß und... viel Erfolg!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great
A great mixture of stories and statistics. Highly recommended also for parents. At the same time it is motivating for the reader..
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book, great read
Easy to read book, with some great insights. Sometimes maybe a bit far fetched, but anyway a lot of fun.
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Malcolm Gladwell points out the obvious. Or what should have been the obvious. Using statistics and a type of insight, he finds that to be successful there is a minimum of natural... Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book!
A Must-read book about extraordinary people written by an extraodinary writer. The best book written by Malcolm Gladwell so far.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen "success is not a random act" (S.155)
1: something that is situated away from or classed differently from a main or related body
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5.0 von 5 Sternen spannend
spannend und gut geschrieben, basiert auf verschiedenen Theorien die aber sehr einfach erklärt sind so dass der normal bürger sie auch versteht
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5.0 von 5 Sternen a wonderful book with new insights
Read it , and you will see the world and people differently.
It is about the fact that nobody gets success for free.
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Lesenswert für alle Soziologen und Querdenker. Toller Spannungsbogen und viel Hintergrundfutter. Vor allem das Kapitel Flugzeugabstürze ist sehr erhellend. Lesen Sie weiter...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing insights into success and its roots
I thouroughly enjoyed reading the mostly unknown facts about successful people. Very entertaining. Once you realize the "hidden" secrets of success it makes you wonder... Lesen Sie weiter...
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Malcolm Gladwell beschreibt, warum einige Menschen sehr erfolgreich sind und andere nicht so. Im Grunde lässt es sich in der Formel "zur rechten Zeit am rechten Ort"... Lesen Sie weiter...
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