Malcom Gladwell Quotes For Entrepreneur Inspiration


Malcom Gladwell is a famous Canadian journalist, keynote speaker, and best-selling author. This successful businessman is most famous for his "10,000 hours" observation on what it takes to become an expert in your practice or field of study. While his determination is debatable, the point of it is to get to work! You don't become a sought after professional in just a short period of time or by going through the motions. Here are some of my favorite quotes from writer and speaker Malcom Gladwell:

1)  “To become an expert seems to take about ten years. And what’s ten years? Well, it’s roughly how long it takes to put in ten thousand hours of hard practice. Ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness."

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

3)  “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.”

4)  “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.”

5)  “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.”

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

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

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

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

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



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