“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
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. The discourse intrigued me enough to check out his recorded books from the library the following day.
A Dynamic Individual
Malcolm Gladwell 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 or 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.