Life...The Most Complicated Thought

The unexamined life is not worth living. ~Socrates

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Where do I start about Outliers? This was one of the best books ever. I enjoyed listening to it very much.

The book focuses on the opportunities and legacy. Under opportunities, Gladwell explains how the exceptional people or the "Outliers" do not become outliers only due to talent. They are presented with opportunities along the way to help them. The book starts with the explanation of the baseball players and how their success in the game is based on the date they are born on. Gladwell moves on to the 10,000-hour rule. He explains how famous band Beatles and world's richest man, Bill Gates had opportunities which led to them having 10,000 hours of practice in their respected fields. Then Gladwell discusses how one's environment can help in the success. He discusses this point by comparing Christopher Langan and Robert Oppenheimer. He wraps up this section by discussing the New Yorker lawyers. I have to say that was a brilliant finish to the section.

Gladwell then talks about culture and legacy and he starts this by discussing the airplane crashes in the history. He wraps up the book by going back into his family history. Gladwell's history will be a surprise to the readers.

The book was read by the author, and just like the book, the audio book was amazing. The writing was very clear and simplified. The author built up the each point to have a grand finale. The book is filled with many wow factors. I give this book 10/10 and highly recommend this book.

This book qualifies for the Audio Book Challenge.