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BRITS AT THEIR BEST posted on your book and pointed to painter John Constable as an exemplar of 10,000 hours of work and study - more, actually. We look forward to reading Outliers. All the best.




I was very impressed with Tipping Point. I see evidence of your observations and conclusions regarding change and influence everyday in my work.

I cannot wait to read your latest take on things in Outliers.

Good luck,

Amy Chorew

Can't wait to read it - The Tipping Point brought my business to the next 5 levels!

Ben R

"In a FORTUNE interview you are quoted as saying, "We give kids from around the world the same set of math tests, and every time we get the same results: America is just below average, and then at the very, very top are Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. It occurs again and again."

Daniel Seligman notes that in his book 'A Question of Intelligence'. However, he refers to research that suggests this advantage (when you look at group averages, not in terms of individuals) is partly genetic, as well as cultural. For instance, East Asians tend to mature slightly later average slightly greater cranial capacity. Studies using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) find a correlation of brain size with IQ of about 0.40. (Rushton, J. P., & Jensen, A. R. (2005). Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 11, 235- 294)


I'll see you in Toronto!

You have presented a dilemma. I saw the book at the store today, but the ticket for the talk includes a copy of the book...


Thank you for thinking. Thank you for writing. And thank you for Outliers.

I just bought your book last weekend and while still on page 1, stumbled on The Guardian’s excerpt. I’m thrilled you explained genius and success the way you did because you validated my values. I forwarded the excerpt to teams in our company encouraging them to read the entire book.

Then a younger associate argues that mastery may no longer be valued in this perpetual beta age. That horizontal and multidisciplinary growth is preferred over in-depth specialization. That long hours (10,000?) and dedication need not be a precursor for success given the reality of digital heroes who have achieved wealth and fame virtually overnight. That perhaps access to web’s infinite information and collective wisdom can replace traditional wisdom that only time and in vivo experiences bring. That the next generation no longer needs icons and role models for they see themselves as the next icons and role models.

This Gen X’er is struggling to understand and not be judgmental of Gen Y’s values. I always thought I was open-minded, resilient and objective. I have my own counter-arguments but nevertheless, some of her words had an undeniable ring of truth that disturbed and saddened me.

Is this truly the way the world is turning?


It would be interesting to hear Mr. Gladwell explain Barack Obama's rise to power through the lens of Outliers!

R. Bradley Thompson

Very excited to check out the new book, I'm buying a copy today. I guess the HR woman at the Onion beat me to it, but you were my suggestion for the internal intranet book blog. Shucks. To add insult to injury I won't get a signed copy like I did when I saw you speak at the San Diego Blackboard Interactive event. I was one of the younger people there and was on business from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I remember when I mentioned that, you paused for a second and said, "wow" I hope that Outliers will make me pause often and say the same thing. That, or come up with a complimentary headline for next week. So far before reading all I got it...

Best Selling Author Distracts Nation With Best Hair.


Joel Spolsky roasting gladwell:


I agree with him totally. Gladwell is boring.


I'm looking forward to reading your book, Outliers. From what I've seen about it so far, you seem to explore some ideas I've looked at over the years.

For example, what do Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Jim Brown, Lawrence Taylor, Mark Spitz, Greg Louganis, Steve Prefontaine, Bill Tilden, Mary Lou Retton, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Nolan Ryan, and Wayne Gretsky have in common?

One could say that each represents the pinnacle of their sport. But, in addition to that, all of these stars happen to be Aquarians.

Likewise, others at the pinnacle of their respective fields, include household names like, Thomas Edison, Copernicus, Charles Darwin, Galileo, Desmond Morris, Mary Leakey, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, Rasputin, Sir Thomas More, Alfred North Whitehead, Charles Lindbergh, John C. Fremont, Sir Francis Bacon, Lord Byron, Thomas Paine, John Hancock, Robert Burns, Charles Dickens, Christopher Marlowe, Henry W. Longfellow, Lewis Carrol, Jules Verne, W.S. Maugham, Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton, Anton Chekov, Laura Ingals Wilder, Boris Pasternak, Rabelais, Zane Grey, Norman Mailer, James Michener, Judy Blume, Toni Morrison, John Grisham, Norman Rockwell, Jules Feiffer, Matt Groening, Jackson Pollock, Edouard Manet, Mozart, Franz Schubert, Thomas Malthus, Angela Davis, Huey Newton, Jimmy Hoffa, Judge Learned Hand, Susan B. Anthony, Ayn Rand, Horace Greeley, Douglas MacArthur, Hyman Rickover, Omar Bradley, Chuck Yeager, Carl Berstein, Helen Gurly Brown, Betty Friedan, Frederick Douglas, Gay Talese, James Joyce, Alice Walker, Germaine Greer, Carl Berstein, Gertrude Stein, Rosa Parks, John L. Lewis, Samuel Gompers, Sinclair Lewis, James Dean, D.W. Griffith, John Ford, Federico Fellini, John Lynch, John Hughes, George Romero, John Barrymore, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante, George Burns, Burt Reynolds, John Travolta, Humphrey Bogart, Tom Selleck, Jack Lemon, Clark Gable, W.C. Fields, Paul Scofield, Oprah Winfrey, Paul Newman, Farah Fawcett, Bob Marley, Garth Brooks, Dr. Dre, Sheryl Crow, Roberta Flack, Carole King, Alicia Keys, Smokey Robinson, Eddie Van Halen, Sarah McLachlan, Axl Rose, Frank Miller, Christian Dior, etc.

Not only are all of these people Aquarians too, but all of them represent quintessential archetypes of their field.

I wonder if this list is noteworthy.

Could one similiarly compile such an exhaustive list of notables comprised of any one other sign?

I wonder if this list suggests a phenomena of some kind.

I wonder if it could be the same "mechanism" that triggered the findings you discussed concerning the apparent connection between 1955 and the internet, and the 1830's and millionaires, etc.

I don't know that the location of the stars and planets (astrology) explains these apparent patterns per se; however, those celestial patterns could correlate to unseen patterns here on earth that in turn provide ongoing biochemical/hormonal nourishment during the nine months of gestation which, in turn, leads to personality traits. Not destiny, so much as propensities.

Whatever it is, the apparent patterns are very interesting and again, I look forward to reading your book.



I just saw you on CBS news and was intrigue with your book, "Blink". I work a job that I feel is very much "over analyized" It seems we spend too much time "looking at this,that, what would happen if you do this etc. I find myseld becoming more and more frustrated. Recently, a very very anal person was hired as manager. I'm considering approaching my boss and speaking my mind about the new manager very anal, over kill methods? thoughts? Paul


Gladwell is boring. How many books is he planning to write by relaying stories and anecdotes. Joel Spolsky is absolutely right on the money:


Gabe Storm

Will you be visiting Seattle on your book tour?

Ann Nunnally

I just finished reading Outliers. I especially agreed with the chapter on 10,000 hours. I was given an IQ test as a child and was told only that it was "over 140." The only thing I ever did for 10,000 hours was read! I was intrigued by the video of Robin and the algebra graph. As you described her video, I felt that she was not only working but that she was actually curious about the answer and that was why she didn't mind the "work." What a satisfying feeling to finally get that concept instead of simply memorizing it in class. I think that all of the "successful" people who worked so hard also had another thing in common: motivation. They may have wanted to make money, support their family, play their instrument, understand a concept. Whatever their motivation, it overrode their distaste for hard work. I help children learn to speak. For some of them it is excruciatingly difficult. Those that make the best progress are motivated by a need to communicate and are encouraged by family members to put in the practice time it takes.

I hope the 10,000 hour chapter becomes standard reading in university educational departments.

If only they would repeal the No Child Left Behind Law and add time to the school day!

Richard Murphy

Really enjoyed your NPR interview, took some time to read what you have been working on for the past couple of years. Would like to see you write a piece about Jamaican genetics/race/culture etc. and the country's amazing track accomplishments over the past 60 years.


I fear that I will lessen the sentiment's effect if I say more!
But since I don't know any better I'll drone on anyway!
Surly there are enough people in Tampa, Florida worth visiting...
I suggest the local university as a forum. And why not, the students in many universities are in desperate need of truth.
Oooh I could go on and on about that one. Blessings to you Malcolm! You have made a difference in how I view the world. What an awesome thing indeed!


Thanks for writing a great book.


Hi! The excerpt links of Outliers still do not work, it is already Nov. 20... I know I know, I haven't had a chance to stop by a bookstore.

Indira Rezkisari

I just known you since two weeks ago. That is when i bought Tipping Point in one of a book store in Hong Kong. I havent finished yet. But, I'm loving it so much.

Looking forward on reading your others book and your new one too. Congrats. You're a brilliant guy!!

Indira R.


I have always wondered what would be the better advantage... going to an academically prestigious school or a well known school with a top athletic program.

I know this may seem a bit off course, but I feel like the choices one makes in life both open and close doors. I've had long arguments about this and thought it would be a great topic to study.

I have not read Outliers yet, but it is the type of thinking that I find fascinating and can help answer my own questions.

Lauren Muney

Please visit DC and/or Baltimore and tip it.


Haven't picked up Outliers yet, and I'm behind on my reading, so it's sitting there at about seventh on my To Read list.

Just wondering if you dipped into the statistics part of the equation. A part of success has to be the fortune of finding the one thing you are best at. You talked about how many hockey players are born in the beginning of the year — how about the fact that so few hockey players are born in Alabama, or Jamaica, for that matter.

Dan Coyle did a piece on creating a super-athlete in Play a while back. He pointed out how this one tennis camp in Russia and this golf school in Korea are cranking out so many pros. Part of it is that the schools are good, but part of it is that for this population group, so many kids think that this one career field is the only thing out there for them. It's the other side of the same coin: if you tell a kid he can be anything, you're also raising the possibility that he'll pick the wrong thing.


Novice that I am to the Gladwell fan club, I 1st saw you 3 times on CNN yesterday and this morning and loved the interviews. Now wait for santa to deliver your books in my stocking! Come to Charleston SC where the weather is warm and fans amounting!

Sarah Yang

Will you be speaking in the US? more specifically, Boston?
Three years later, I still believe that talking about your book during my college interviews played a large role in getting me where I am today. I would be honored to hear you speak!


Am curious. Heard on some TV shows this week that perhaps environment, time of birth, etc might impact ones success or ability to achieve success.....might that or could that apply to the US educational challenge and No Child Left Behind....where regardless of the school's environment or location...children are basically held to the same standard...can they reach that standard if the environment is less than desirable? Poverty stricken? Not safe? Am curious if there is a connection from Outliers to the differences in urban, poverty and great suburban school environments that might impact success or the ability to achieve.....

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