Top 10 Quotes by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell

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 good.

Malcolm Gladwell
I should point out that I have a picture of Asbel Kiprop as the screensaver on my phone. Is that embarrassing?
Malcolm Gladwell

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

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

I am a story-teller, and I look to academic research... for ways of augmenting story-telling.

Malcolm Gladwell
The conventional wisdom is often wrong. Crime didn't keep soaring in the 1990s, money alone doesn't win elections, and - surprise - drinking eight glasses of water a day has never actually been shown to do a thing for your health. Conventional wisdom is often shoddily formed and devilishly difficult to see through, but it can be done.
Malcolm Gladwell

It's just strange to think that so much of our enjoyment from sports comes from the elevation of arbitrary differences.

Malcolm Gladwell
Superstar lawyers and math whizzes and software entrepreneurs appear at first blush to lie outside ordinary experience. But they don't. They are products of history and community, of opportunity and legacy. Their success is not exceptional or mysterious. It is grounded in a web of advantages and inheritances, some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky - but all critical to making them who they are. The outlier, in the end, is not an outlier at all.
Malcolm Gladwell

Of the great entrepreneurs of this era, people will have forgotten Steve Jobs.

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.