Outliers : The Story of Success

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

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 20mm | 180g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141036257
  • 9780141036250
  • 15,936

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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 FTshow more

About Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What The Dog Saw and David and Goliath.show more

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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 Timesshow more

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Why are people successful? In this book, Malcolm Galdwell argues that it is not the innate ability, or talent, of a person that makes him or her successful, but the opportunity and legacy that are present when the person is on the road to success. The author presents his argument with stories of success drawn from around the world. It is fascinating because after reading this book, you begin to appreciate how cultural differences determine a person's achievement. You will also learn that many people succeed because they are given opportunity that they themselves may not even be aware of it. The stories are interesting as well, making this book an easy and insightful read. This is the first Malcolm Gladwell's book that I read, and I must say that I am impressed! Would definitely recommend for anyone who would like to rethink their perspectives on success.show more
by Adrian Chew
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