quotes from malcolm gladwell's outliers

Quotes from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers

I wanted to read this book for a while, not only because I had seen it recommended online quite a lot of times. But because I knew there are going to be some good quotes here. 😉

 

“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 of preparation seems to play.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outliers)

 

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outliers)

 

“Extraordinary achievement is less about talent than it is about opportunity.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outliers)

 

“There’s a catch. The relationship between success and IQ works only up to a point. Once someone has reached an IQ of somewhere around 120, having additional IQ points doesn’t seem to translate into any measureable real-world advantage.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outlier)

 

“We tell rags-to-riches stories because we find something captivating in the idea of a lone hero battling overwhelming odds.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outliers)

 

“The sense of possibility so necessary for success comes not just from inside us or from our parents. It comes from our time: from the particular opportunities that our particular place in the history presents us with.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outliers)

 

“No one — not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires and not even geniuses — ever makes it alone.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outliers)

 

“We pretend that success is exclusively a matter of individual merit. But there’s nothing in any of the histories we’ve looked at so far to suggest things are that simple. These are stories, instead about people who were given a special opportunity to work really hard and seized it and who happened to come of age at a time when that extraordinary effort was rewarded by the rest of society. Their success was not just of their own making. It was a product of the world in which they grew up.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outliers)

 

“Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outliers)

 

“Autonomy, complexity and a connection between effort and reward– are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It’s whether our works fulfills us.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outlier)

 

“A hint is the hardest kind of request to decode and easiest to refuse.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outliers)

 

“If you work hard enough and assert yourself and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outliers)

 

“We mitigate when we’re being polite, or when we’re ashamed or embarrassed, or when we’re being deferential to authority.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outliers)

 

“Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outliers)

 

“It is not the brightest who succeed. Nor is success simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we make on our own behalf. It is, rather, a gift. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities — and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize the,” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outliers)

 

“We are so caught up in the myths of the best and the brightest and the self-made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth.” ~~ Malcolm Gladwell (Book: Outliers)

 

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