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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Less Visible Sides of Success with Some Detailed Examples
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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...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen No Blink, no Tipping Point - Sorry Malcolm!
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...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Eye opening, 15. Juli 2012
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I stumpled upon Gladwell during a lecture at MIT. The book is easy to read and very inspiring. It is decorated with many interesting facts and stories about success. Worth reading!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Extreme Right Hand Tail of the "Bell Curve", 30. Januar 2012
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Outliers: The Story of Success (Taschenbuch)
Gladwell has a writing style that I and many others enjoy reading. In his 3rd book on sociological/psychology themes, he explores "Outliers" those extraordinary individuals who lie outside the statistical norm. His main premise stated in his own words "the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways other cannot."

His book is divided into 2 parts using his trademark style of presentation of vignettes and short case studies of personages.

Part I Opportunity - Innate ability combined with "chance" to develop (practice) it where other people do not.

Part 2 Legacy - growing up in the proper supportive environment to further support the thesis from part 1

This is not his best work, but an overall good effort compared to his other 2 books I have read Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking & The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference which are much better. It is pretty much common sense that people who are born with an innate ability, have the proper environment to grow up in, a certain amount of "luck" or "Chance" and work hard becomes successful people or in his book the real "Outliers".

If you like Gladwell's writing style, this is another one of his fine books to read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very interesting topic matter and a great read!, 22. November 2011
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This is a really insightful book that brings togther a lot of theories about why some poeple are "great" and others just normal (or even dysfunctional). Gladwell talks a lot about opportunity and social class and also about hard work and the right timing. The chapter on cultural differences in hierarchy and how that affects behaviour in terms of workplaces is fascinating for anybody who's ever worked in a foreign land! Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Insightful, 11. April 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Outliers: The Story of Success (Taschenbuch)
Outliers is an insightful, elightnening and deeply motivating book. In a nutshell, the book's theme is this: Conventional wisdom has it that success is the outcome of a person's individual merit; the product of their innate talent, dedication and hard work. Gladwelll argues that this theory is too simplistic. He provides evidence that the oppertunities a person meets over the course of his life, the upbrining he is subjected to, the amount of effort he invests and the cultural traditions passed down to him are the key determining factors to his success.

The book is organized in two parts. The first part, titled Oppertunity, argues for the idea that successful people couldn't have achieved much if it weren't for the oppertunities that came their way. Several cases are put forward to support this hypothesis. I will take the liberty of citing two instances to clarify the point: (1) Bill Gates was among a handful few who had access to computers in the late sixties worldwide. This allowed him the very special chance of mastering computer programming while still a teen-ager. An opportunity harldy offered to anyone else. (2) Many of the giants of silicon valley, the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Erich Schmidt, were born on just the right time (1954-1955) to allow them to make the most of the personal computer boom. Had they been a little older or a little younger they would have missed it.

The second part, titled legacy, argues for the idea that the values and traditions of a certain culture make its people either more or less qualified to succeed at certain tasks. For instance persistence and hard-work are hallmarks of the chinese culture assimilated by countless decades of tedious rice cultivation. It is instructive to note that cultivating rice requires ten to twenty times the effort needed to cultivate the same area with wheat. Owing to their culture, chinese students are more persistent and hard-working hence better than western children at such subjects as mathematics eventhough their IQ is equivalent or, more often than not, slightly less than their western counterparts.

On the down side, two issues are in order: (1) Many would agree that the author makes very bold claims on the basis of relatively little evidence. Indeed most of the book's assertions do make sense but they are soley based on no more than a handful of cases. (2) When I reached the end of the book I couldn't help feeling "Hey, is that it?!". The amount of hype around the book raises one's expectations to such a high point that I believe most readers will end up slightly disappointed.

All said, this is one of the very best nonfiction books out there.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Easy Reading but Likely another Example of the Narrative Fallacy, 6. Januar 2011
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Outliers: The Story of Success (Taschenbuch)
The author presents his ideas largely through narrative, anecdotes and has selected his samples from a wide variety of individuals ranging from ice hockey stars, would-be geniuses, successfull lawyers to Chinese rice farmers. This is an interesting approach and makes the book easy to read and quite entertaining.

However, after a little I couldn't help to think that the author has fallen victim to what is called the narrative bias and in particular confirmation bias. The examples the author brings forward may be illusory correlations and merely demonstrate the human tendency to construct stories around facts and stuffing facts into stories just for the sake of a supposed creative explanation. Explanations that unfortunately sometimes neglect a thorough search for other potential reasons.

If one keeps these issues in mind the book is nevertheless a "no regret move".
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Super wie immer!, 8. November 2010
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Lese immer wieder gerne Bücher des Autors und kann sie wärmstens empfehlen. Hilft nicht nur für das Englisch, sondern verhilft auch, so manche Dinge mit anderen Augen zu sehen ud ein wenig nachzudenken.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I've looked at clouds from both sides now, 5. Juni 2010
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I've looked at clouds from both sides now

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 ability and downright luck. Even them it does not guarantee want Malcolm supposed success is.

This book is a fun and easy to read book. But do not let it fool you into thinking that this is light reading or just the popular science of the day. There is a dead serious theory that appears to really apply (split infinitives allowed here.) Knowing this theory will help you to make the requirements for success instead of just guessing at them.

At least I came away with a different paradigm, and now see everything in the world differently.

It has been suggested that regardless of the factors in this book that one may be content with a job that fits his/her value-system.

I must have been schizophrenic in a job sense. In the U.S. Army and Reserves, I well enjoyed being a mechanic and power systems maintenance sergeant. While at the same time, I was a business/engineering systems analyst in the civilian world. So this book helps me look back to see how I found myself in the situation.

With a little bit of blooming luck.

How to Lie with Statistics
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4.0 von 5 Sternen brilliant writer, 16. Januar 2010
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Outliers: The Story of Success (Taschenbuch)
This is the first book I read from Mr. Gladwell. I am very impressed what a great writer he is. It was real fun to read this book. Also he looked at the topic from a lot of different angles with very interesting thought. His core message was clear but he left some room for the reader to make his or hers own conclusions about all his points he made.
I can recommend this book to everybody.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Malcolm Gladwell - Outliers, 28. Mai 2009
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"outliers" fand ich sehr interessant. Es hat mich zum Nachdenken gebracht. Interessant finde ich den Gedanken, dass man kritisch mit der Bemerkung "... hat Talent dafür" umgehen sollte. Vor allem sich selbst sollte man nicht entmutigen, wenn man mal das Gefühl hat, für etwas kein "Talent" zu haben. 10.000 stunden bringen vielleicht den Erfolg :-)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent book, 24. Januar 2009
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Malcolm Gladwell's book "Outliers" is written in a witty and sometimes hilariuos style and contains substantial information about what it takes, to make it to the top. It is full of smaller and larger surprises and simply fun to read. What more can I say. Buy it, read it and give it to your children.
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