29 Great Malcolm Gladwell Quotes

29 Great Malcolm Gladwell Quotes

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Malcolm Gladwell is a author and journalist from Hampshire, United Kingdom. He has been a writer for The New Yorker since 1996. Along with his time at The New Yorker he has written and published many best selling books including Blink, What the Dog Saw, and David And Goliath. He currently lives in New York City and continues to write.

“Achievement is talent plus preparation.”

“Both Jim and I are interested in the limits of conventional decision-making. The idea that an expert will give you the best outcome — we think that’s inadequate. You need a whole palate of
different strategies. We’re critiquing the same narrow ideology.”

“Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you grab your wife around the waist and dance a jig.”

“I hope I have encouraged people in business to expand the way they make sense of human behavior.”

“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.”

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

“Instinct is the gift of experience. The first question you have to ask yourself is, ‘On what basis am I making a judgment?’ … If you have no experience, then your instincts aren’t any

“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.”

“It made me realize that I’d changed what I thought was a trivial aspect of who I was but it profoundly made a difference in the way the world perceived me. That was when I thought it would
be interesting to find out what goes on in that moment when someone looks at you and draws all sorts of conclusions.”

“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.”

“It’s the boiling point. It’s the moment when the line starts to shoot straight upwards.”

“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.”

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

“PEOPLE are experience rich and theory poor. People who are busy doing things ? as opposed to people who are busy sitting around, like me, reading and having coffee in coffee shops ? don’t
have opportunities to kind of collect and organize their experiences and make sense of them.”

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

“Success is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities.”

“That fundamentally undermines your ability to access the best part of your instincts. So my advice to those people would be stop thinking and introspecting so much and do a little more

“The 10,000 hr rule is a definite key in success.”

“The single most important thing a city can do is provide a community where interesting, smart people want to live with their families.”

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

“Those with health insurance are overinsured and their behavior is distorted by moral hazard. Those without health insurance use their own money to make decisions based on an assessment of
“their needs. The insured are wasteful. The uninsured are prudent. So what’s the solution? Make the insured a little more like the uninsured.”

“We don’t know where our first impressions come from or precisely what they mean, so we don’t always appreciate their fragility.”

“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 overlook just how large a role we all play–and by ‘we’ I mean society–in determining who makes it and who doesn’t.”

“We prematurely write off people as failures. We are too much in awe of those who succeed and far too dismissive of those who fail.”

“Who we are cannot be separated from where we’re from.”

“Working really hard is what successful people do.”

“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.”