*** About the Book ***
Have you ever wondered why two people who are seemingly the same in every way often end up with wildly different success rates? This book will give you (most of) the answers you never knew you wanted. Gladwell explores how things such as culture, language, and even your birthday can influence your level of success in a particular field.
*** Why I Listened To It ***
A real-life friend was reading this book a while back and found it fascinating. Of course, he happened to be reading the section on plane crashes while he was flying to Peru ...
*** My Thoughts ***
I loved this book so much that I kept calling Hubby on the phone to tell him about it. (It helped that the first section had to do with why people succeed in ice hockey ...) I even checked out a copy for him from the library and made him promise to read at least the first few chapters.
Basically Gladwell explains that the idea of a self-made-man is a myth. Yes, working hard and being ambitious can help you to get ahead in life. BUT if you never get specific opportunities or you don't have the cultural "baggage" that gives you an advantage, then your hard work will never pay off. It sounds incredibly depressing but in actuality I found it to be rather inspiring.
In a way this book reminded me of FREAKONOMICS - both authors have the ability to link seemingly unrelated bits of information and draw conclusions from them. I think I trust the conclusions in OUTLIERS more though; there seems to be less of a leap from the varied datum to the end theory.
I should also point out that this was a very easy book to listen to, so I assume it would be an easy read as well. It was engaging and interesting, and I never felt bored with it.
*** Your Thoughts ***
What do you think about the idea of the self-made-man? If you've read this book, do you agree with any of Gladwell's conclusions? Which do you disagree with? Would you recommend any of his other books (this is the only one I've read)?