24 Inspirational Malcolm Gladwell Quotes on Success

Birth: September 3, 1963, Fareham, United Kingdom


Short Biography


Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, was born on September 3, 1963 in England. Gladwell's mother is a Jamaican Psychotherapist and her father is a Professor of Mathematics. Malcolm stated that he took his mother as his model of authorship.


He was stated by his father that he was an extraordinary intelligence and assertive child. When he was 11 years old, he became a child who spent time in libraries with the support of his father.


During his high school years, he was interested in running and in the High School Championship, he finished 1500 meters in 14-year-old boys with a score of 4:05:20.


He graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in History. He did not get enough points to pursue a master's degree and wanted to enter the advertising industry. He received a negative response from many job interviews. He moved to Indiana to work as a journalist at The American Spectator.

Malcolm Gladwell started writing for the New Yorker. The two articles he published formed the basis for his first book. The journalist writer, who is keen to examine and write different things, became one of the popular names in the sector with his books and articles about business life.


The author has more than one book published. It was also listed in Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in 2005.

Malcolm Gladwell Quotes


“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
“Insight is not a light bulb that goes off inside our heads. It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out.” /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
“Success is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities.” /Malcolm Gladwell
“Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.” /Malcolm Gladwell
“In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.” /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
“Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the sources of great weakness.” /Malcolm Gladwell
“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.” /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
“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
“When we become expert in something, our tastes grow more esoteric and complex.” /Malcolm Gladwell
“I want to convince you that these kinds of personal explanations of success don't work. People don't rise from nothing....It is only by asking where they are from that we can unravel the logic behind who succeeds and who doesn't.” /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
“In the act of tearing something apart, you lose its meaning.” /Malcolm Gladwell
“Emotion is contagious.” /Malcolm Gladwell
“Courage is not something that you already have that makes you brave when the tough times start. 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 lesson here is very simple. But it is striking how often it is overlooked. We are so caught in the myths of the best and the brightest and the self-made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth. We look at the young Bill Gates and marvel that our world allowed that thirteen-year-old to become a fabulously successful entrepreneur. But that's the wrong lesson. Our world only allowed one thirteen-year-old unlimited access to a time sharing terminal in 1968. If a million teenagers had been given the same opportunity, how many more Microsofts would we have today?” /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
“Once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That's it. And what's more, the people at the very top don't work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.” /Malcolm Gladwell

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