Review of Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Amazing Book) – Favbookshelf

This is a review of the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. In this review, we have said what parts of the book we liked and what we didn’t.

About The Outliers

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Title: Outliers – The Story of Success

Author: Malcolm Gladwell

Publisher: The Penguin Group

Genre: Self-help books

Pages: 309

Outliers: The Story of Success is the third non-fiction book written by Malcolm Gladwell. Outliers, as the title suggests it is a story of success. This book examines the factors that contribute to higher levels of success. The author has a very different perspective of looking at things. And you will surely get a new way of looking at things. It is a self-help book that motivates you and boosts your confidence.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell Book Review

‘Outliers’ is the first book by Malcolm Gladwell that I read. And I really liked it.

The book is in story format with very interesting examples, which makes it interesting to read.

As the front page says, it elaborates on the story of success. Malcolm Gladwell uses the term ‘Outliers’ to refer to the successful people and the geniuses in our society.

This book tells us that ordinary people can also achieve extraordinary things. He says, “Outliers are those who have been given opportunities and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.” And, it is so true!

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing that makes you good.”

-Malcolm Gladwell

This book tells us how various factors like culture, opportunities, situations, heritage play a role in why a person is smart, wealthy, or famous. It has many examples of successful people and says, how ordinary people can also be successful with hard work and some luck by their side. And, although I really like this theory, I don’t think it is the primary reason why people succeed. What I feel is that Malcolm here underestimates the power of dedication, hard work, and planning.

This is the book that made the concept of 10,000 hours famous. The author says that if you want to be successful, you have to dedicate at least 10,000 hours of work and practice to the task. Although I like that the author calculated that approx how many hours of work we need to do before we succeed, I feel that the author has given limited resources to justify or support this theory.

But then the author has a very different way of looking at things and interpreting them. And it will surely give you a fresh eye to look at things. And, some might feel motivated by reading this book.

Though I didn’t find this book actionable, it is a nice motivational read.


Recommendation: Yes

Rating: 4 / 5; Our Rating Guide

If you liked How to make Friends and Influence People, Zero to One, Think and Grow Rich, or any other book like this, then you might like this book.

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About the Author

Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of 5 New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He was born in England in 1963. He has been included in the TIME 100 Most Influential People list and is one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers. Visit him at You can also find him on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

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