Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine since 1996. His 1999 profile of Ron Popeil won a National Magazine Award, and in 2005 he was named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People. He is the author of "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference," (2000) and "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" (2005), both of which were number one New York Times bestsellers.

Malcolm is a terrific speaker who is highly entertaining while getting his point across. I can watch his talks on Youtube and TED for hours. His books and audiobooks are must haves.

Outliers: The Story of Success Outliers made a very large impact already and is perhaps his most famous work. It's very interesting in the light of investing and money management to learn about how extraordinarily results are achieved.

The main thesis is that we pay too much attention to personalities and too little to circumstances. Something that is well known in psychology, and Warren Buffet is a great example of a person who realizes very well, how much he owes to circumstancial events.

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Predicting if an idea or trend will spreak like wildfire has very obvious applications in the investing world. Malcom Gladwell explores this subject in his trademark narrative tone in a way that is both incredibly entertaining and illuminating. He is one of my favorite writers of this moment.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren't as simple as they seem.

Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept? Why do some people follow their instincts and win, while others end up stumbling into error? How do our brains really work-in the office, in the classroom, in the kitchen, and in the bedroom? And why are the best decisions often those that are impossible to explain to others?

 This book was an eye opener to me. It made me accept that when I can't explain exactly WHY I like or don't like an investment, that's admittedly a weak proposition, but doesn't necessarily mean I shouldn't listen. Traders have known this for a long time ofcourse, to investors it can be liberating from the chains of logic and accountability.

Malcolm Gladwell Explains Succes and Failure

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dinsdag 23 april 2013

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