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Your Blog is Fabulous. Good article rather. Very interesting.

Max Spear

Nice to see the "Kitchener/Waterloo" track team represented here! I'm a student at the University of Waterloo myself...any chance you want to come back sometime and hold an inspirational speech? You would pack the room no doubt. I would be more than happy to help make that happen - let me know!


Alice Zhou

Hi Malcolm,

I don't have your email so I'm leaving some comments in your blog. I am a big fan of yours, own all your books, and have read them all in one sitting!

I have a minor in Sociology/Anthropology and always imagined you being my favourite Sociology University professor. Although I think your dad's mathamatical gene has passed on, hence you quote so many states in all your articles. You recently came to Vancouver to be our keynote speaker, unfortunately, I didn't have the $300 bucks to buy the ticket. Oh well, I'm sure there will be other chances, you're young.

I know you're always looking for ideas for your stories... I made an interesting observation recently. In 2008, I spent 8 months in Shanghai China. In that time, I noticed that advertising was overwhelming, but it distinctly is different from North American advertising. Namely the shameless push for sexuality.

The female form were looking like young girls, emphasis on cute instead of sexy. Men were following the korean trend of boy bands with skinny jeans, long bangs, and some even more feminine than girls.

I was just watching magazine covers of Fifa and all the gym advertisements, hard core six packs are everywhere.... then it clicked! I never saw images of six pack half naked men in Asia!! Perhaps, there is a direct influence of media advertising of body image, thus the population reflects.

Just a thought.... I'd love to see what you dig up.

Your biggest fan,


Alessandro Vecchi

It is a great moment indeed. Would you post your email address or send it to me at ale.ale007@yahoo.com ? I just need to ask something about about outliers for my 6th grade book report.Thanks

Yael Rubin, PhD, LP

I am a psychologist and reading Outliers. I hope you and John Gottman communicate, since I believe, your genius and opportunities research, is most important. Your work would be an excellent addition to his DVD, "Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting." Additionally, I loved Blink and work to integrate "rapid cognition" with cardiologist Pim van Lommels's Lancet research on expanded consciousness - will keep reading your books. Thank you!

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Where there is life, there is hope. I feel strongly that I can make it.

John Smith

I suspect that while Gladwell was running, Steven Pinker was doing his homework.

Gregory E

Not sure if this is the same vein, but aligns nicely with the outlier statement of 10,000 hours



Dominic W. Kelly

Hmmm...sticking your tongue out normally gets you over the line.

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It inspires me a lot!

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I found that we can reached the moon and came back,but we find it troublesome to cross our own street and meet our neighbors.


Wow!!! I just listened to a podcast of a speech you gave in Philly where you mentioned you were a runner and then got to see this gem when I popped over to your blog. Sweet!!! You made my day.

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you are challenging the truths of wind resistance with this victory. what a pic! did this qualify as a premier sporting event of the week in Canada?


Speaking of Outliers, I was reading the chapter on asian languagues and math today and was particularly struck by the aptness of the exercise memorizing the numbers. It was especially interesting to me since I am an english-educated native cantonese-speaker. As indicated, I had a far easier time doing it in cantonese than in english.

However, I think the linguistic basis suggested (syllables/length of word) is not the most significant one. I would suggest a better explanation is that while english has one tone, mandarin has three (or four), cantonese has at least six. So in memorizing numbers, there is an added mnemonic of a tone (almost like a musical jingle). A comparable analogy is like dialing a phone: where even if you're not aware of it consciously, you are able to recognize a familiar phone number by tone (and catch yourself when you mis-dial it). Anyways, I think that would be a fun thing to look into.

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I'd like to share your beautiful blog! But the way I feel is weak! Would like to have the person help me


Malcolm Gladwell, you are undoubtedly my hero from the real age!
Outliers was everything I felt but your effort & passion in writitng it down, made me believe. The last chapter was to me the most amazing climax to perhaps the best book I have read in a long time. Of course it makes sense! You are an outlier in every sense of your words.
I have never felt I belonged to the 'race' or 'culture' I was born into. I actually felt trapped by the shortcomings I perceived. I wonder how many people out there share this tremendous sense of being completely different from the 'stereotype' of what they are born into and rather have 'become' what they feel they actually are? The immense joy of discovering that nothing restricts you or defines you other than you yourself.
Thanks for the opportunity to relate to all & every one of your words in Outliers. It will be read again and again each time I need inspiration!


Malcolm we are desperately waiting anything from u, article, blog post and book, anything!


After having read you book "Outliers" for a second time, I see a HUGE problem with your ten thousand hour rule... And in the specific case it involves running. I am a competitive distance runner and was wondering "How long would it take to run ten thousand hours if you ran an hour every day, not counting leap years?" Well I did some calculations and came up with 27 years, 4 months, and 23 days. This ten thousand hour rule really cannot apply to EVERYTHING as you indicated in your book. By the time someone becomes a professional runner it would be almost impossible to have run for ten thousand hours.

My second concern with your book is really in your definition of the outlier and your examples. Statistically, an outlier is, "An observation in a data set which is far removed in value from the others in the data set. It is an unusually large or an unusually small value compared to the others. An outlier might be the result of an error in measurement, in which case it will distort the interpretation of the data." You claim the Canadian hockey players born in January to be outliers, but the real outliers are those born in the later months of the year such as December. This is because, very simply put, looking back at the statistical definition of an outlier, the players born later are the outliers because they are the exceptions of the data set, while those born earlier are not the exceptions, but the norm. Those born later are far removed from the data set and cause the data to be skewed, while most of the players are born in January, February, March, etc. and they are the norm of the data and where the main grouping of data is and where the data trends toward.

John Thomas

Imagine what your time would have been with nice, tidy cornrows.

Barn-Yen Li

Mr. Gladwell, I think your website has been hijacked. I was trying to look at your New Yorker archive but I keep getting punted to some kind of ad website -- says it's registered by "register.com". Best of luck.


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A little less hair and you could have finished with 4:04 : )

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I think you were enlightened early to realize about that statistical fluke. Most dont.

Jack Komputery

He winn, because has shorter hairs : )
In real, now i training to marathon, so if you want have incredible powerful in thinking and in legs, you should run...

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