But before diving in, I want to ask you a question: I know, I do too. Brrrr, I get the shivers even now, when I remember it.
There are a number of ways I can tell a book will be good; one of those ways is if Graham has recommended it to me how am I going to cope without our lunches together, mate?
Well, not since Predictably Irrational also recommended to me by Graham have I gone on and on about a book to people. Now it is your turn. It is a comforting thought, in some ways. And in this cult of celebrity we even get a chance to live vicariously in the reflection of their glory. Perhaps we can never all be Lady Di, at least, not in public but we can all attempt suicide with a pate knife and get into colonic irrigation.
John then talks about Blink by malcolm gladwell much hard work he had to put in to becoming successful, none of which relied on the mythical leg up he would have gotten from some secret Jewish conspiracy. The biographies are generally told twice.
The first time in a way that confirms all our prejudices about self made men and then in a way that makes sense of the success in ways we may find much more uncomfortable. I really struggled with this book — I loved every minute of it, but I still felt remarkably challenged by it.
It was very hard not to think of my own life while reading this book. And this did not make me feel comfortable. I guess we are all fairly predictable, and one of the things that makes us especially predictable is that we generally like to have our prejudices confirmed.
We buy books that tell us over and over again what we already know and believe. The Left Behind series is just one such example, as are most self help books.
But there is a much better sensation we can get from a book, although this is much more rare. It is when the person you are reading starts telling you the deeper reasons why your beliefs are valid and not just based on prejudice.
I have always believed talent is another although, less apparent and all too vague word for hard work. This book confirms those prejudices.
First he talks about ice hockey and a fascinating fact about the birthdays of the best players. They are all born at around the same time of the year. It is as if there is a cut off date for when you will be a professional ice hockey player — and, in fact, there is.
The short version is that if you are born on the wrong side of the date they use to group kids into age levels you are likely to be a year younger than the other kids you are playing ice hockey with and therefore a year smaller than them too.
That is going to make them look like they are better players than you are — and they will be too. A year at 10 is a huge difference, a huge advantage. And then we compound that advantage, by giving the older kids more practice, more experience in games and then more experience and more practice until there is no way the kid who happened to be born on the wrong side of the cut off date has any chance of catching up.
Essentially he shows that if you put in 10, hours on any task you will be highly proficient at that task.
Innate ability does not exist and ability is actually a function of effort expended. This is both liberating and incredibly challenging. Challenging, because ultimately we are responsible for our own success as we are directly responsible for how much effort we are prepared to put in.Mar 06, · Malcolm Gladwell hasn't written much about American health care.
But that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been thinking about it. And it sure hasn't stopped many of his powerful ideas like “tipping. At a recent event from the New York Public Library’s wonderful LIVE from the NYPL series, interviewer extraordinaire Paul Holdengräber sat down with Malcolm Gladwell — author of such bestselling books as The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (public library), Blink: The.
Malcolm Timothy Gladwell CM (born September 3, ) is a Canadian journalist, author, and public speaker. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since He has written five books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (), Outliers: The Story of Success (), What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures.
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Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Jan 11, · Drawing on cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology and displaying all of the brilliance that made The Tipping Point a classic, Blink changes the way you'll understand every decision you make.
Never again will you think about thinking the same way.