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Outliers: The Story of Success (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 18. November 2008

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"In the vast world of nonfiction writing, [Malcolm Gladwell] is as close to a singular talent as exists today...[Outliers] is a pleasure to read and leaves you mulling over its inventive theories for days afterward...Outliers represents a new kind of book for Gladwell...It is almost a manifesto."―David Leonhardt, New York Times Book Review

"...The explosively entertaining Outliers might be [Gladwell's] best and most useful work yet...there are both brilliant yarns and life lessons here: Outliers is riveting science, self-help, and entertainment, all in one book.-A."―Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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This is a brilliant new book from the bestselling author of "The Tipping Point" and "Blink". Why are people successful? For centuries, humankind has grappled with this question, searching for the secret to accomplishing great things. In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an invigorating intellectual journey to show us what makes an extreme overachiever. He reveals that we pay far too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where successful people are from: their culture, their family, and their generation. Gladwell examines how the careers of Bill Gates and the performance of world-class football players are alike; what top fighter pilots and The Beatles have in common; why so many top lawyers are Jewish; why Asians are good at maths; and why it is correct to say that the mathematician who solved Fermat's Theorem is not a genius. Just as he did in "Blink", Gladwell overturns many of our conventional notions and creates an entirely new model for seeing the world. Brilliant and entertaining, this is a landmark work that will simultaneously delight and illuminate. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.

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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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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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Mir hat das Buch äußerst gut gefallen. Ich habe bis jetzt kein ähnliches Buch gelesen doch es hat mich sehr überzeugt. Es lässt sich womöglich über den Wahrheitsgehalt des Buches diskuttieren, doch meiner Meinung nach ist es sehr fachlich geschrieben. Ausserdem ist Zündstoff für Disskussionen immer gut. Werde noch ein paar Bücher von Malcolm Gladwell ausprobieren.
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Dieses Buch bietet beste Unterhaltung! Gladwell erklärt aufschlussreich und unterhaltsam, wie und warum manche Leute zum Erfolg gekommen sind. Dabei werden Hintergründe aufgezeigt, die man nicht vermutet hätte. Erfolg, auch gerade im Job, hat halt doch sehr oft damit zu tun, dass wir zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort sind - und vielleicht auch noch zur richtigen Zeit geboren sind.
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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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