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The Profile Dossier: Malcolm Gladwell, The Thinker Selling Good Ideas

Polina Marinova
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Malcolm Gladwell, author and journalist at The New Yorker, offers interesting insight across disciplines.


  • Ideas should pique pleasure and interest
  • In most cases, experience beats raw talent


  • Inner emotions do not match outward behavior
  • Success is a team act


  • We often don’t know our source of happiness
  • Adversity plays a prime role in life
  • Judgement clouds interactions

Lessons Learned

  • Be imperfectly interesting
  • Lead a fulfilling life by finding meaning in your work
  • Skip the Internet and fall into “intellectual rabbit holes”
  • Be humble to initiate an interesting conversation
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