These are the best quotes from the book Outlier by Malcolm Gladwell.
Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual trip into the world of “outliers”—the finest and brightest, the most renowned and successful—in this remarkable book. He inquires, “What distinguishes exceptional achievers?”
Quotes from Outlier by Malcolm Gladwell
Achievement is talent plus preparation.
Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.
No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich.
Success is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities.
Hard work is only a prison sentence when you lack motivation.
We all know that successful people come from hardy seeds. But do we know enough about sunlight?
To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages today that determine success the fortunate birth dates and the happy accidents of history with a society that provides opportunities for all.
Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds.
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.
The values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who we are.
All the outliers we’ve looked at so far were the beneficiaries of some kind of unusual opportunity.
Outliers are those who have been given opportunities and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.
Don’t depend on heaven for food, but on your own two hands carrying the load.
Cultural legacies are powerful forces. They have deep roots and long lives.
We overlook just how large a role we all play and by ‘we’ I mean society in determining who makes it and who doesn’t.
We are so caught in the myths of the best and the brightest and the self-made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth.
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.
If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.
The people who stand before kings may look like they did it all by themselves. But in fact, they are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies.
When and where you are born, what your parents did for a living, and what the circumstances of your upbringing made a significant difference in how well you do in the world.