DYNAMIC INDIVIDUAL: Malcolm Gladwell

DYNAMIC INDIVIDUAL: Malcolm Gladwell

“There is more going on beneath the surface than we think, and more going on in little, finite moments of time than we would guess.” -Malcolm Gladwell

“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.” -Malcolm Gladwell

Maximizing Potential

While others struggle to merely survive, chase after fame and wealth, or, search for the promise of a perfect afterlife, I–realizing how short and unpredictable life can be–focus on my innate abilities. Before my existence on planet Earth ceases I want to know what I am capable of doing to the utmost degree of excellence I can muster in each pursuit. Therefore, diving into my very own pool of possibilities governed by my physiological and mental limitations, I look for and act upon optimum opportunities found in my personal, social and business environments. However, to accomplish this lofty goal on a continuous basis I need to interact with others to be exposed to intriguing endeavors and to learn about effective and efficient applications. Believing those I encounter throughout my day have something to teach me, I am quite delighted when a book is highly recommended which is how I happened upon author Malcolm Gladwell. He expertly dissects a subject in a spellbinding manner that goes beyond knowledge to complete understanding as he masterfully simplifies insightful applications. A perfect example of this is presented in the video below as he unravels the story of David and Goliath. Preferring recorded books, I listened to each one posted below as I drove, completed household chores and labored in the garden.

Lecturer and Author

  • New Yorker; staff writer since 1996
  • Ted Talks Speaker
  • Book: Tipping Point
  • Book: Blink
  • Book: Outliers
  • Book: What the Dog Saw
  • Book: David and Goliath
  • University of Toronto, Canada: History

 

TED TALKS: Malcolm Gladwell

An Intellectual Exchange

Pleasant or not, interactions with others teach us a lot about ourselves. It is an opportunity to see how our thoughts ignite action and reaction. For example: After dancing a Tango with a gentleman towering a foot above the tip of my head, we chatted for about five minutes. I share my excitement about my eBooks for sale on Amazon.com and he recommended author Malcolm Gladwell. I am very grateful for that intellectual moment of exchange in that romantically lit dance hall.

Note: stay tuned for more in the ‘Dynamic Individual’ series.


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