Achievement is talent plus preparation.

— Malcolm Gladwell

The most informative Malcolm Gladwell quotes that will activate your inner potential

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.

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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.

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If everyone has to think outside the box, maybe it is the box that needs fixing.

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The successful are those who have been given opportunities.

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An aggressive drug-testing program would cut down on certain abuses, but its never going to catch everyone - or even close to everyone.

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Outlier are those who have been given opportunities-- -and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.

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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.

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When you're an underdog, you're forced to try things you would never otherwise have attempted.

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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.

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The sad thing about doping is how much it obscures our appreciation of greatness.

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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.

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The act of facing overwhelming odds produces greatness and beauty.

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About Malcolm Gladwell

Quotes 292 sayings
Nationality Canadian
Profession Author
Birthday October 16

Success has to do with deliberate practice.

Practice must be focused, determined, and in an environment where there's feedback.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Incompetence annoys me. Overconfidence terrifies me.

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

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

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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

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Who we are cannot be separated from where we're from.

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Working really hard is what successful people do.

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A lot of what is most beautiful about the world arises from struggle.

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Innovation-the heart of the knowledge economy-is fundamentally social.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.

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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.

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We need to look at the subtle, the hidden, and the unspoken.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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People don't rise from nothing.

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