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review 2018-12-24 16:20
Review of The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference - Malcolm Gladwell

Another though-provoking book from Malcom Gladwell.  I really enjoy his ability to look at ideas from a different perspective than conventional wisdom.  I am not sure I buy all of his conclusions from this one, but his anecdotes and stories are both fun and informative.

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review 2018-12-02 19:01
Review of Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell

I had heard a lot about this book and really enjoyed reading it.  I felt like there were anecdotes and insights on every page that made me think about the world in a different way.  I know that there are places where the interpretations are not quite as simple as Gladwell makes them seem, but I judge a book like this by how much it makes me think and this one was a five star read for me.

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review 2018-03-29 21:58
Brain Food That tasted Good
Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell

This was such an unexpected pleasure to listen to. The narration was fantastic. The information clear and written is such a way that I absorbed and considered the facts presented. For me that is amazing, I am easily distracted and seldom retain most information, ADHD yep. Some of the information seemed stretching, borderline ridiculous, but there were numbers to back the claim. I found his research on the learning systems around the world and the KIPP program the most interesting. It was just another wake up call for American school systems. I listened to this one and want to read it now so I can spend more time thinking about the revelations he explores.
I loved it. I think it was one of the best information books I've read on this subject.

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review 2016-10-12 09:45
"Outliers", de Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers (Fueras de serie): Por qué unas personas tienen éxito y otras no - Malcolm Gladwell

Interesante libro que explica, o al menos, lo intenta, por qué unas personas tienen éxito (laboral) y otras, no. Según la conclusión a la que llega el autor, todo es consecuencia de mucho trabajo y un poco de suerte (más que suerte, estar en el momento adecuado en el lugar oportuno).

Sí que es curioso el estudio que hace sobre los deportistas (jugadores de hockey sobre hielo, en este caso), y la ventaja competitiva que tienen los nacidos a principios de año respecto del resto. Y tiene razón. Como se agrupa a los niños por año de nacimiento, los nacidos a primeros de año tienen un año más que los nacidos a finales. 

Ese argumento se me puede aplicar a mí perfectamente. Si hubiera nacido en enero en vez de en julio, hubiera destacado mucho más (o, para ser más exactos, hubiera destacado) en la práctica futbolística, y en este momento estaría ocupando el banquillo de cualquier equipo Champions tras una exitosa carrera como futbolista. Mi edad mental seguiría anclada en los 12 años, pero mi cuenta bancaria estaría en los doce dígitos.


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review 2015-12-20 00:00
Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell The best thing about this book is that it illuminates how privilege, dumb luck and other exogenous factors are as much an ingredient to success as is hard work. A bit short on hard research, but still a good read.
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