Quotes from ‘Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell

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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.

No shit, Sherlock.

It is those who are successful, in other words, who are most likely to be given the kinds of special opportunities that lead to further success. It’s the rich who get the biggest tax breaks. It’s the best students who get the best teaching and most attention. And it’s the biggest nine- and ten-year-olds who get the most coaching and practice. Success is the result of what sociologists like to call ‘accumulative advantage’.

Dayum, bro! Totally did not know this.

In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.

Researchers = Malcolm Gladwell and his pot smoking buddies. In short, just Malcolm Gladwell.

Once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That’s it. And what’s more, the people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.

Mom’s spaghetti.

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

Success 101, really.

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.

Reading your book was like a prison sentence bro.

We cling to the idea that success is a simple function of individual merit and that the world in which we all grow up and the rules we choose to write as a society don’t matter at all.

Surely you’re doping Mr. Gladwell.

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2 comments

  1. LOL. You should write your own self-help book. Would be funnier.

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    1. Thanks Steve. Some day..

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