Happy Birthday, Malcolm Gladwell, born 3 September 1963
- Who we are cannot be separated from where we’re from.
- It is quite possible for people who have never met us and who have spent only twenty minutes thinking about us to come to a better understanding of who we are than people who have known us for years.
- There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.
- Truly successful decision making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.
- In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.
- We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We’re a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don’t really have an explanation for.
- We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.
- We need to be clear when we venerate entrepreneurs. They are not moral leaders. If they were moral leaders, they wouldn’t be great businessmen.
- It’s not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It’s whether or not our work fulfills us. Being a teacher is meaningful.
- Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.
Gladwell is an English-Canadian journalist, best-selling author, and speaker. He has written four New York Times Best Selling Books: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking,Outliers: The Story of Success, and What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures.
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