Friday, December 26, 2008

Charlie Rose interviews Malcolm Gladwell

Charlie interviews Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, Blink, and the Tipping Point. I highlighted a few of the key points of this enlightening conversation about the elements involved for someone to achieve success.

4:15 ~ "How long does it take to be good at something?"

Expertise is only reached after 10,000 hours of practice which roughly translates to 10 years. The first in a cohort to reach 10,000 hours has a huge advantage.

6:00 ~ "Deliberate practice. Focused, intensive practice with an eye to zeroing in on your failures. Constantly thinking about what I am not doing well and why I am not doing it well."

7:52 ~ "How do we help people achieve their potential?"

You give them opportunities to work harder. Kipp Academies, charter school, extend the school day, extend the school year through the summer, have school start at 7-6 p.m., and open on Saturday's. For kids that want to work harder will be given that opportunity.

9:50 ~ "That slight is of incalculable importance... that slight is the added psychological ingredient."

11:22 ~ " is all because I wanted it more, I worked harder, I focused more, I sacrificed more, and more importantly I had a deep passion for the thing...they never loose it, and it is their best friend, their very best friend..."

13:00 ~ "there's a huge difference in performance between Asian kids and Western kids on Math tests. They are not genetically better at it. They work harder. Patterns of agricultural practice.

"If a culture engages in that kind of intensive work for 1500 years it doesn't go away."

26:00 ~ "Meaningful work is one of the most important things we can impart on children. Meaningful work is autonomous, that is to say where no one is looking over your shoulder. Work that is complex that occupies your mind. Work where there is a relationship between effort and reward. For everything you put in you get something out..."


  1. Wow, thanks for sharing that interview - and thanks even more for providing the transcript. With so much information out there, sometimes it can take a short transcipt/outline like that to convince you that you want to endure listening to the entire thing.

    Well done, keep up the great work, and keep on keepin' on. :)


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