Sunday, March 21, 2010

Blink by Malcom Gladwell

Blink by Malcom Gladwell, Little Brown and Company, 2005

Malcom Gladwell is making a living peddling commonsense.

I've come to realize this after reading, Blink and Outliers, which should be considered parts two and three in Gladwell's epic tale: You're not that special.

Since this is a review of Blink, I will try to focus on that, although, my review would not be complete without drawing similarities to Outliers.

In both books, I found myself fascinated by the stories and insights that filled the pages while I was reading  the material.

However, almost immediately after finishing both, I stepped back and said, "Duh."

Essentially, Outliers told me repetition and luck is the way to achieve success. The seemingly fascinating tales break down to this: Practice hard and hope for a break. Common sense, right?

The moral of Blink is even more obvious: Go with your first instinct but hone your skills in knowing why your first instinct is your first instinct.

Practice Hard. Look for breaks. Go with your gut.

Three things we've hear over and over again, yet somehow, Gladwell weaves them into intricate stories that make the book putdownable.

From war to police shootings to symphonies to CEOs to phony art, Gladwell deftly tells us what we already know, but don't like to admit.

I can't wait to see what I've already known from his other two books.
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