40 Best Outliers Quotes: Malcolm Gladwell's Story Of Success

'Outliers' author Malcolm Gladwell's quotes that will make us thoughtful
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Malcolm Timothy Gladwell, popularly known as Malcolm Gladwell, is a Canadian author, journalist, motivational speaker, and host of a podcast 'Revisionist History.'

Malcolm Gladwell was born on 3 September 1963 in England. He is well-known for his unique perspective on achieving success with a practical outlook.

Gladwell authored six books till date - 'The Tipping Point' in 2000, 'Blink' in 2005, 'Outliers: The Story of Success' in 2008, 'What the Dog Saw' in 2009, 'David and Goliath' in 2013, and 'Talking To Strangers' in 2019, out of which the first five became The Newyork Times bestsellers. Gladwell is also recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People by TIME magazine.

Find below our collection of best 'Outliers' quotes for you. If you want similar quotes, also visit Malcolm Gladwell Quotes  and James Allen Quotes.

Malcolm Gladwell 'Outliers' Quotes

Quotes from 'Outliers: The Story Of Success' that are sure to inspire you.

'Outliers: The Story of Success' is Gladwell's third book, published in 2008 and proved to be popular. It deals with how a person's circumstances and environment, talent and hard work, affect their opportunity for success. Here are some of the most inspirational quotes from 'Outliers.'

1."Cultural legacies are powerful forces. They have deep roots and long lives."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

2."In fact, researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

3."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."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

4."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."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

5."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. Being a teacher is meaningful."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

6."Achievement is talent plus preparation"

-Malcolm Gladwell.

7."If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

8."Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

9."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."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

10."Those three things - autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward - are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

11."When and where you are born, what your parents did for a living, and what the circumstances of your upbringing were make a significant difference in how well you do in the world."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

12."But before he could become an expert, someone had to give him the opportunity to learn how to be an expert."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

13."No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

14."All the outliers we’ve looked at so far were the beneficiaries of some kind of unusual opportunity. Lucky breaks don’t seem like the exception with software billionaires and rock bands and star athletes."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

15."Schools work. The only problem with school, for the kids who aren’t achieving, is that there isn’t enough of it."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

16."The poorer children were, to her mind, often better behaved, less whiny, more creative in making use of their own time, and have a well-developed sense of independence."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

17."Our notion that it is the best and the brightest who effortlessly rise to the top is much too simplistic."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

18."Each of us comes from a culture with its own distinctive mix of strengths and weaknesses, tendencies and predispositions, so difficult to acknowledge? Who we are cannot be separated from where we’re from."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

19."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."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

20."A hint is the hardest kind of request to decode and the easiest to refuse."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

Inspirational Quotes By Malcolm Gladwell

Find below some of the quotes from 'Outliers' book that Malcolm Gladwell has written, which will give you a dose of inspiration.

21."Practical intelligence includes things like knowing what to say to whom, knowing when to say it, and knowing how to say it for maximum effect."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

22."To build a better world we need to replace the patchwork of lucky breaks and arbitrary advantages today that determine success."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

23."We all know that successful people come from hardy seeds. But do we know enough about the sunlight."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

24."No one-not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses-ever makes it alone."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

25."Hard work is only a prison sentence when you lack motivation."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

26."The values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who we are."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

27."Don’t depend on heaven for food, but on your own two hands carrying the load."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

28."People don't rise from nothing. It is only by asking where they are from that we can unravel the logic behind who succeeds and who doesn't."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

29."Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning. Once it does, it becomes the kind of thing that makes you grab your wife around the waist and dance a jig."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

30."The idea that excellence at performing a complex task requires a critical minimum level of practice surfaces again and again in studies of expertise."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

Quotes On Success And Hard Work

Success is typically the product of talent, hard work, and ambition. But Gladwell, in his book 'Outliers' disproves this belief by showing how circumstances and opportunities influence the chances of success. Here are a few quotes that will be food for your thoughts.

'Outliers' Malcolm Gladwell quotes about achieving success.

31. "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."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

32."The 10,000hr rule is a definite key in success."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

33. "Working really hard is what successful people do."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

34."Success is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

35."We prematurely write off people as failures. We are too much in awe of those who succeed and far too dismissive of those who fail."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

36."Success is the result of what sociologists like to call accumulative advantage."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

37."The thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works. That’s it. And what’s more, the people at the very top don’t work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

38."Outliers are those that have been given an opportunities - and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

39."The sense of possibility so necessary for success comes not just from inside us or from our parents. It comes from our time: from the particular opportunities that our place in history presents us with."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

40."The sense of entitlement is an attitude perfectly suited to succeeding in the modern world."

-Malcolm Gladwell.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 'Outliers' Quotes, be sure to also check  [Robert Kiyosaki Quotes] and [Gary Vaynerchuk Quotes].

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