39 Inspiring Malcolm Gladwell Quotes To Achieve Success

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Malcolm Gladwell is an award-winning author, public speaker, and journalist. Besides being a best-selling author, he has also written for the New Yorker and the Washington Post. He is known for his New Yorker piece “The Outliers,” which won a National Magazine Award in 2008. He has contributed to his wide-reaching success by getting published in prestigious magazines like “The New Yorker” and “The Atlantic.”

He was born in 1963. Gladwell attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a major in political science and a minor in psychology. After college, he became a journalist for “The Washington Post,” where he wrote articles about social sciences.

He is best known for his work in the field of social psychology. One idea that he popularized was that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. By “practice makes perfect,” he means that 10,000 hours are required to develop mastery over a skill or perform at the highest level.

Gladwell has translated his success into a career as an author by publishing nine other books and numerous articles.

His most inspirational quotes will give you a dose of inspiration and help you on your way to success.

39 Inspiring Malcolm Gladwell Quotes

“Extraordinary achievement is less about talent than it is about opportunity.”

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

“I try to be unafraid of making a fool of myself.”

“When we become expert in something, our tastes grow more esoteric and complex.”

“Outliers are those who have been given opportunities – and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.”

“Hard work is only a prison sentence when you lack motivation”

“The values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who we are.”

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

“Achievement is talent plus preparation.”

“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.”

“Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for 22 minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after 30 seconds.”

“Words belong to the person who wrote them”

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

“If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.”

“ Consistency is the most overrated of all human virtues… I’m someone who changes his mind all the time.”

 “The world we could have is so much richer than the world we have settled for.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“You can’t concentrate on doing anything if you are thinking, “What’s gonna happen if it doesn’t go right?”

“What is learned out of necessity is inevitably more powerful than the learning that comes easily.”

“The only true way to listen is with your ears and your heart.”

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

“We prematurely write off people as failures. We are too much in awe of those who succeed and far too dismissive of those who fail.”

“Insight is not a light bulb that goes off inside our heads. It is a flickering candle that can easily be snuffed out.”

“Who we are cannot be separated from where we’re from.”

“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.”

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

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

“Working really hard is what successful people do…”

“In the act of tearing something apart, you lose its meaning.”

“Don’t depend on heaven for food, but on your own two hands carrying the load.”

“Our first impressions are generated by our experiences and our environment, which means that we can change our first impressions, by changing the experiences that comprise those impressions.”

“Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you grab your wife around the waist and dance a jig.”

“All progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

“If you work hard enough, assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.”

“When we talk about analytic versus intuitive decision making, neither is good or bad. What is bad is if you use either of them in an inappropriate circumstance.”

“We aren’t, as human beings, very good at acting in our best interest.”

“Some pretend to be rich, yet have nothing; others pretend to be poor, yet have great wealth.”

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