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

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

— Malcolm Gladwell



Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “If everyone has to think outside the box, maybe it is the box that needs fixing.”

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


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

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “Success has to do with deliberate practice. Practice must be focused, determined, and in an environment where there’s feedback.”

Success has to do with deliberate practice. Practice must be focused, determined, and in an environment where there’s feedback.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “Working really hard is what successful people do...”

Working really hard is what successful people do...

— Malcolm Gladwell


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

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “Through embracing the diversity of humans beings, we will find a sure way to true happiness.”

Through embracing the diversity of humans beings, we will find a sure way to true happiness.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “The people at the top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.”

The people at the top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “Innovation-the heart of the knowledge economy-is fundamentally social.”

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

— Malcolm Gladwell



Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “The act of facing overwhelming odds produces greatness and beauty.”

The act of facing overwhelming odds produces greatness and beauty.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.”

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “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.”

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


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard.”

Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “A lot of what is most beautiful about the world arises from struggle.”

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


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

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “Outlier are those who have been given opportunities – -and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.”

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “I have a new way of doing things, and I don’t care if you think I’m crazy.”

I have a new way of doing things, and I don’t care if you think I’m crazy.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “If people disobey, don’t ask what is wrong with them, ask what’s wrong with their leaders.”

If people disobey, don’t ask what is wrong with them, ask what’s wrong with their leaders.

— Malcolm Gladwell


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

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

— Malcolm Gladwell



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

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “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 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


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “We need to look at the subtle, the hidden, and the unspoken.”

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “Achievement is talent plus preparation.”

Achievement is talent plus preparation.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.”

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “People who bring transformative change have courage, know how to re-frame the problem and have a sense of urgency.”

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


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

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “If you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.”

If you don’t contradict yourself on a regular basis, then you’re not thinking.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “That was it! The whole Redwood City philosophy was based on a willingness to try harder than anyone else.”

That was it! The whole Redwood City philosophy was based on a willingness to try harder than anyone else.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “If you’re in business it’s both a promise and a warning. It says that sometimes little things can cause some little guy to have an overnight success.”

If you’re in business it’s both a promise and a warning. It says that sometimes little things can cause some little guy to have an overnight success.

— Malcolm Gladwell



Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “The sad thing about doping is how much it obscures our appreciation of greatness.”

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “The difference isn’t resources, it’s attitude.”

The difference isn’t resources, it’s attitude.

— Malcolm Gladwell


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

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “A radical and transformative thought goes nowhere without the willingness to challenge convention.”

A radical and transformative thought goes nowhere without the willingness to challenge convention.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “An incredibly high percentage of successful entrepreneurs are dyslexic. That’s one of the little-known facts.”

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “The kinds of errors that cause plane crashes are invariably errors of teamwork and communication.”

The kinds of errors that cause plane crashes are invariably errors of teamwork and communication.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “Emotion is contagious.”

Emotion is contagious.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “If you think advantage lies in resources, then you think the best educational system is the one that spends the most money.”

If you think advantage lies in resources, then you think the best educational system is the one that spends the most money.

— Malcolm Gladwell


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

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Malcolm Gladwell



Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “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.”

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.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “Our unconscious is really good at quick decision-making – it often delivers a better answer than more deliberate and exhaustive ways of thinking.”

Our unconscious is really good at quick decision-making – it often delivers a better answer than more deliberate and exhaustive ways of thinking.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “We have the kind of self-made-man myth, which says that super-successful people did it themselves.”

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

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “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.”

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


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “There are exceptional people out there who are capable of starting epidemics. All you have to do is find them.”

There are exceptional people out there who are capable of starting epidemics. All you have to do is find them.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “You don’t start at the top if you want to find the story. You start in the middle, because it’s the people in the middle who do the actual work in the world.”

You don’t start at the top if you want to find the story. You start in the middle, because it’s the people in the middle who do the actual work in the world.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “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?”

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?

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “Success is deeply rooted in time and place. You may have the drive to read tons of books on biology. But if there are no books on biology in your library, and the library is never open, your drive is meaningless.”

Success is deeply rooted in time and place. You may have the drive to read tons of books on biology. But if there are no books on biology in your library, and the library is never open, your drive is meaningless.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “People are experience-rich and theory-poor.”

People are experience-rich and theory-poor.

— Malcolm Gladwell


Malcolm Gladwell Quote: “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 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


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