Malcolm Gladwell

Literary Birthday – 3 September – Malcolm Gladwell

Happy Birthday, Malcolm Gladwell, born 3 September 1963.


  1. Who we are cannot be separated from where we’re from.
  2. 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.
  3. There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.
  4. Truly successful decision making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.
  5. In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.
  6. 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.
  7. We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.

Malcolm Gladwell is an English-Canadian journalist, best-selling author, and speaker. He has written the following New York Times Best Selling Books: BlinkThe Tipping Point, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw. Follow him on Twitter: @Gladwell

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 3rd September 2013