110+ Malcolm Gladwell Quotes On Success, Education And 10 000 Hours

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Top 10 Malcolm Gladwell Quotes (BEST)

  1. Achievement is talent plus preparation.
  2. If everyone has to think outside the box, maybe it is the box that needs fixing.
  3. An aggressive drug-testing program would cut down on certain abuses, but its never going to catch everyone - or even close to everyone.
  4. The successful are those who have been given opportunities.
  5. Outlier are those who have been given opportunities-- -and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.
  6. If we are to learn to improve the quality of the decisions we make, we need to accept the mysterious nature of our snap judgments.
  7. When you're an underdog, you're forced to try things you would never otherwise have attempted.
  8. The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.
  9. The sad thing about doping is how much it obscures our appreciation of greatness.
  10. The world is not a meritocracy, as much as we may like to pretend that it is. And we have a long way to go before we really reward people based on their own merit.

Malcolm Gladwell Short Quotes

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  • The act of facing overwhelming odds produces greatness and beauty.
  • Incompetence annoys me. Overconfidence terrifies me.
  • Who we are cannot be separated from where we're from.
  • A lot of what is most beautiful about the world arises from struggle.
  • Innovation-the heart of the knowledge economy-is fundamentally social.
  • We need to look at the subtle, the hidden, and the unspoken.
  • There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.
  • People don't rise from nothing.
  • Often a sign of expertise is noticing what doesn't happen.
  • Poverty is not deprivation, it is isolation.

Malcolm Gladwell Quotes On Success

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Success has to do with deliberate practice. Practice must be focused, determined, and in an environment where there's feedback. — Malcolm Gladwell

Those three things - autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward - are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. — Malcolm Gladwell

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. — Malcolm Gladwell

Good writing does not succeed or fail on the strength of its ability to persuade. It succeeds or fails on the strength of its ability to engage you, to make you think, to give you a glimpse into someone else's head. — Malcolm Gladwell

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. — Malcolm Gladwell

Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds. — Malcolm Gladwell

In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours. — Malcolm Gladwell

To be someone's best friend requires a minimum investment of time. More than that, though, it takes emotional energy. Caring about someone deeply is exhausting. — Malcolm Gladwell

Working really hard is what successful people do. — Malcolm Gladwell

We have the kind of self-made-man myth, which says that super-successful people did it themselves. — Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell Quotes On Education

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We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction. — Malcolm Gladwell

If you think advantage lies in resources, then you think the best educational system is the one that spends the most money. — Malcolm Gladwell

being able to act intelligently and instinctively in the moment is possible only after a long and rigorous of education and experience — Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell Quotes On Engaging

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We tell ourselves that skill is the precious resource and effort is the commodity. It's the other way around. Effort can trump ability-relentl ess effort is in fact something rarer than the ability to engage in some finely tuned act of motor coordination. — Malcolm Gladwell

Since becoming a journalist, each time I engage with subjects I become more radicalized. — Malcolm Gladwell

The first person who throws the rock is a lot more radical than a hundredth person.By the time the riot has attracted a hundred people, you don't have to be nearly as much of a daredevil or a hothead or committed or any of those things to want to engage in a riot. — Malcolm Gladwell

What track needs to figure out: how to engage us between the races. Instead, the entire off-the-track conversation is about doping. This is how you kill a sport. — Malcolm Gladwell

I'm totally engaging in cultural stereotyping, no question about it. But I think it's OK because I'm doing it for a reason, for a good reason. — Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell Quotes On Deliberate

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Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking. — Malcolm Gladwell

Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking. — Malcolm Gladwell

Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking. — Malcolm Gladwell

Our unconscious is really good at quick decision-making - it often delivers a better answer than more deliberate and exhaustive ways of thinking. — Malcolm Gladwell

Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking. — Malcolm Gladwell

Truly decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking. — Malcolm Gladwell

Truly decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking. — Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell Quotes On Thinking

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Clear writing is universal. People talk about writing down to an audience or writing up to an audience; I think that's nonsense. If you write in a way that is clear, transparent, and elegant, it will reach everyone. — Malcolm Gladwell

[Research] suggests that what we think of as free will is largely an illusion: much of the time, we are simply operating on automatic pilot, and the way we think and act – and how well we think and act on the spur of the moment – are a lot more susceptible to outside influences than we realize. — Malcolm Gladwell

There is more going on beneath the surface than we think, and more going on in little, finite moments of time than we would guess. — Malcolm Gladwell

Choking is about thinking too much. Panic is about thinking too little. Choking is about loss of instinct. Panic is reversion to instinct. They may look the same, but they are worlds apart. — Malcolm Gladwell

What we do as a community, as a society, for each other, matters as much as what we do for ourselves. It sounds a little trite, but there's a powerful amount of truth in that, I think. — Malcolm Gladwell

I don't think people are averse to thinking about things in a deep way, but we have limited time and opportunity to think about things in a deep way. I think that's why there is an appetite for non-fiction - it gives people the opportunity to reexamine ordinary experience and be smarter about it. — Malcolm Gladwell

It's just strange to think that so much of our enjoyment from sports comes from the elevation of arbitrary differences. — Malcolm Gladwell

Instead of thinking about talent as something that you acquire, talent should be thought of as something that you develop. — Malcolm Gladwell

When it's easy to make money, you have no incentive to think about development of talent. — Malcolm Gladwell

I think that persistence and stubbornness and hard work are probably, at the end of the day, more important than the willingness to take a risk. — Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell Quotes On Decision

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The key to good decision making is not knowledge... It's whether our work fulfills us. — Malcolm Gladwell

understanding the true nature of instinctive decision making requires us to be forgiving of those people trapped in circumstances where good judgment is imperiled. — Malcolm Gladwell

...mediocre people find their way into positions of authority...because when it comes to even the most important positions, our selection decisions are a good deal less rational than we think. — Malcolm Gladwell

Our world requires that decisions be sourced and footnoted, and if we say how we feel, we must also be prepared to elaborate on why we feel that way...We need to respect the fact that it is possible to know without knowing why we know and accept that - sometimes - we're better off that way. — Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell Famous Quotes And Sayings

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The fact of being an underdog changes people in ways that we often fail to appreciate. It opens doors and creates opportunities and enlightens and permits things that might otherwise have seemed unthinkable. — Malcolm Gladwell

Six degrees of separation doesn't mean that everyone is linked to everyone else in just six steps. It means that a very small number of people are linked to everyone else in a few steps, and the rest of us are linked to the world through those special few. — Malcolm Gladwell

People who bring transformative change have courage, know how to re-frame the problem and have a sense of urgency. — Malcolm Gladwell

It takes ten thousand hours to truly master anything. Time spent leads to experience; experience leads to proficiency; and the more proficient you are the more valuable you'll be. — Malcolm Gladwell

The 10,000-hours rule says that if you look at any kind of cognitively complex field, from playing chess to being a neurosurgeon, we see this incredibly consistent pattern that you cannot be good at that unless you practice for 10,000 hours, which is roughly ten years, if you think about four hours a day. — Malcolm Gladwell

Courage is what you earn when you've been through the tough times and you discover they aren't so tough after all. — Malcolm Gladwell

The Band-Aid solution is actually the best kind of solution because it involves solving a problem with the minimum amount of effort and time and cost. — Malcolm Gladwell

We tend to credit those who create an idea, not those who perfect it, forgetting that it is often only in the perfection of an idea that true progress occurs. Putting sixty-four transistors on a chip allowed people to dream of the future. Putting four million transistors on a chip actually gave them the future. — Malcolm Gladwell

If you look at the careers of great entrepreneurs and you look at the moment they took their plunge, the plunge is rarely a great financial or material risk, it’s a social risk. At the moment they started their new businesses, everyone around them said ‘you’re an idiot’. — Malcolm Gladwell

To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages today that determine success--the fortunate birth dates and the happy accidents of history--with a society that provides opportunities for all. — Malcolm Gladwell

That is the paradox of the epidemic: that in order to create one contagious movement, you often have to create many small movements first. — Malcolm Gladwell

Achievement is talent plus preparation. The problem with this view is that the closer psychologists look at the careers of the gifted, the smaller the role innate talent seems to play and the bigger the role preparation seems to play. — Malcolm Gladwell

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. — Malcolm Gladwell

There is a simple way to package information that, under the right circumstances, can make it irresistible. All you have to do is find it. — Malcolm Gladwell

If you want to bring a fundamental change in people's belief and behavior...you need to create a community around them, where those new beliefs can be practiced and expressed and nurtured. — Malcolm Gladwell

It wasn't an excuse. It was a fact. He'd had to make his way alone, and no one - not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses - ever makes it alone. — Malcolm Gladwell

I suspect people who are indecisive are people who are far too enamored of analysis in all settings and are destroying their ability to make an instinctive judgment through over-analysis and that's dangerous. — Malcolm Gladwell

Anyone who has ever scanned the bookshelves of a new girlfriend or boyfriend- or peeked inside his or her medicine cabinet- understands this implicitly; you can learn as much - or more - from one glance at a private space as you can from hours of exposure to a public face. — Malcolm Gladwell

The answer is that we are not helpless in the face of our first impressions. They may bubble up from the unconscious - from behind a locked door inside of our brain - but just because something is outside of awareness doesn't mean it's outside of control. — Malcolm Gladwell

Does that mean we should give up? Probably. But there are two issues worth considering. The first is - is it really true that drugs destroy the integrity of the game? — Malcolm Gladwell

Arousal leaves us mind-blind. — Malcolm Gladwell

As human beings, we always expect everyday change to happen slowly and steadily, and for there to be some relationship between cause and effect. — Malcolm Gladwell

The entire principle of a blind taste test was ridiculous. They shouldn't have cared so much that they were losing blind taste tests with old Coke, and we shouldn't at all be surprised that Pepsi's dominance in blind taste tests never translated to much in the real world. Why not? Because in the real world, no one ever drinks Coca-Cola blind. — Malcolm Gladwell

It is those who are successful, in other words, who are most likely to be given the kinds of special opportunities that lead to further success. — Malcolm Gladwell

There’s this powerful phrase in the legal world, “Difficult cases make bad law.” The exception is the difficult case. You can’t generalize them by definition. So although they are fascinating, they don’t solve any problem because they’re so one of a kind. — Malcolm Gladwell

Activism that challenges the status quo, that attacks deeply rooted problems, is not for the faint of heart. — Malcolm Gladwell

It is the new and different that is always most vulnerable to market research. — Malcolm Gladwell

I know it sounds hard to believe, but habits laid down by our ancestors persist even after the conditions that created those habits have gone away. — Malcolm Gladwell

Insight is not a lightbulb that goes off inside our heads. It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out. — Malcolm Gladwell

If we think about emotion this way - as outside-in, not inside out - it is possible to understand how some people can have an enormous amount of influence over others. Some of us, after all, are very good at expressiing emotions and feelings, which means that we are far more emotionally contagious than the rest of us. — Malcolm Gladwell

I recently talked to an eighteen-year-old - a huge FIFA fan - and realized that he spends more time playing the FIFA video game than he does watching actual FIFA games. — Malcolm Gladwell

The biggest mistake we make is trying to square the way we feel about something today with the way we felt about it yesterday. You shouldn’t even bother doing it. You should just figure out the way you feel today and if it happens to comply with what you thought before, fine. If it contradicts it, whatever. Life goes on. — Malcolm Gladwell

An incredibly high percentage of successful entrepreneurs are dyslexic. That's one of the little-known facts. — Malcolm Gladwell

Cultural legacies are powerful forces. They have deep roots and long lives. They persist, generation after generation, virtually intact, even as the economic and social and demographic conditions that spawned them have vanished, and they play such a role in directing attitudes and behavior that we cannot make sense of our world without them. — Malcolm Gladwell

Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard. — Malcolm Gladwell

Acquaintances represent a source of social power, and the more acquaintances you have the more powerful you are. — Malcolm Gladwell

A book, I was taught long ago in English class, is a living and breathing document that grows richer with each new reading. — Malcolm Gladwell

Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do. — Malcolm Gladwell

Our first impressions are generated by our experiences and our environment, which means that we can change our first impressions... by changing the experiences that comprise those impressions. — Malcolm Gladwell

I'm in the storytelling business, and so you're always drawn to the unusual. And early on, I discovered that's the easiest way to tell stories... If you come up through a newspaper as I did, your whole goal is to get a story on the front page, and you only get something on the front page if it's unusual. — Malcolm Gladwell

No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich. — Malcolm Gladwell

You don't manage a social wrong. You should be ending it. — Malcolm Gladwell

My earliest memories of my father are of seeing him work at his desk and realizing that he was happy. I did not know it then, but that was one of the most precious gifts a father can give his child. — Malcolm Gladwell

I've always been baffled by how much we over-rate the statistically insignificant differences that separate competitors at the top end of the distribution. — Malcolm Gladwell

Look at the world around you. It may seem like an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push - in just the right place - it can be tipped. — Malcolm Gladwell

Affect, Imagery, Consciousness, a four-volume work so dense that its readers were evenly divided between those who understood it and thought it was brilliant and those who did not understand it and thought it was brilliant. — Malcolm Gladwell

You can learn as much - or more - from one glance at a private space as you can from hours of exposure to a public face. — Malcolm Gladwell

Visionaries are limited by their visions. — Malcolm Gladwell

There are exceptional people out there who are capable of starting epidemics. All you have to do is find them. — Malcolm Gladwell

The answer is that the success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts. — Malcolm Gladwell

Incompetence is certainty in the absence of expertise. Overconfidence is certainty in the presence of expertise. — Malcolm Gladwell

Now I basically just read spy stories because they're about solving a puzzle within the constraints of history. It's the tick tock, the clockwork that I'm interested in. — Malcolm Gladwell

The kinds of errors that cause plane crashes are invariably errors of teamwork and communication. — Malcolm Gladwell

We need to be clear when we venerate entrepreneurs what we are venerating.They are not moral leaders. If they were moral leaders, they wouldn't be great businessmen. — Malcolm Gladwell

...If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires. (151) — Malcolm Gladwell

There are some people, who I'll charitably call snobs, who are dismissive of any conversation that doesn't begin with the full level of complexity. That's just not how the world works. — Malcolm Gladwell

In order to get one of the greatest inventions of the modern age, in other words, we thought we needed the solitary genius. But if Alexander Graham Bell had fallen into the Grand River and drowned that day back in Brantford, the world would still have had the telephone, the only difference being that the telephone company would have been nicknamed Ma Gray, not Ma Bell. — Malcolm Gladwell

Every cop will tell you that their real job is being a social worker. That's what they do all day. The large majority of police officers in this country never even draw their gun, let alone fire it. They do conflict resolution, right? And if that's their job, why do they need to look like they're an occupying force? — Malcolm Gladwell

The best example of how impossible it will be for Major League Baseball to crack down on steroids is the fact that baseball and the media are still talking about the problem as "steroids." — Malcolm Gladwell

When crime drops dramatically in New York for no apparent reason, or when a movie made on a shoestring budget ends up making hundreds of millions of dollars - we're surprised. I'm saying, don't be surprised. This is the way social epidemics work. — Malcolm Gladwell

Track is full of the absolute nicest and most polite athletes in all of sports, and where does it get us? — Malcolm Gladwell

extreme visual clarity, tunnel vision, diminished sound, and the sense that time is slowing down. this is how the human body reacts to extreme stress. — Malcolm Gladwell

It changes how people read you if you believe in God. It gives insight into your motivation, how you look at problems and how you deal with people. — Malcolm Gladwell

Where they come from matters. They're products of particular places and environments. — Malcolm Gladwell

Radio stations have constructed a narrow door[way], and that's because they don't understand how complex and paradoxical our snap judgments are. It's hard to measure new songs. — Malcolm Gladwell

The face is not a secondary billboard for our internal feelings. It is an equal partner in the emotional process. — Malcolm Gladwell

The religious paradigm and the science fiction paradigm are different. Apologies to science fiction fans, but the paradigm there is to create a new world and describe it with a kind of specificity that we describe the world we inhabit. Religiosity, on the other hand, does none of that. — Malcolm Gladwell

It's very hard to find someone who's successful and dislikes what they do. — Malcolm Gladwell

Life Lessons by Malcolm Gladwell

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  1. Malcolm Gladwell encourages us to challenge our assumptions and to think outside the box in order to find creative solutions to difficult problems.
  2. He also emphasizes the importance of hard work and dedication in order to achieve success, as well as the need to be open to new ideas and perspectives.
  3. Finally, Gladwell emphasizes the power of storytelling to help us understand complex issues and to inspire us to take action.

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