Quotes from Malcolm Gladwell : One of the Best Known Observers of Modern World


Malcolm Gladwell is an author and one of the best known observers of our time of human nature and worldly events.

He has written five books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009), a collection of his journalism, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (2013).

All five books were on The New York Times Best Seller list. Below are some quotes from this well known author.

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

An incredibly high percentage of successful entrepreneurs are dyslexic. That’s one of the little-known facts.

“….. it would be interesting to find out what goes on in that moment when someone looks at you and draws all sorts of conclusions.”

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

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

The great accomplishment of Jobs’s life is how effectively he put his idiosyncrasies – his petulance, his narcissism, and his rudeness – in the service of perfection.

“Emotion is contagious.”

The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.

“Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning.”

Consistency is the most overrated of all human virtues… I’m someone who changes his mind all the time.

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

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

If you are going to do something truly innovative, you have to be someone who does not value social approval. You can’t need social approval to go forward. Otherwise, how would you ever do the thing that you are doing?

It’s very hard to find someone who’s successful and dislikes what they do.

“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.”

There is an important idea in psychology: The ‘just world theory,’ which says that it is very important for us to convince ourselves that the world is just and things happen for a reason. That there is some elemental fairness in everything, which creates the illusion of justice.