Know Your History – 3rd September – Malcolm Gladwell

know your history - writingOn this day… 3rd September, 1963 – Malcolm Gladwell born.

Malcolm Timothy Gladwell, CM (born September 3, 1963) is a Canadian journalist, bestselling author, and speaker. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has written five books, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009), a collection of his journalism, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (2013). All five books were on The New York Times Best Seller list.

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Gladwell’s signature style—using data to turn long-held beliefs on their malcolm gladwellhead—has made him a best-seller four times over. In his latest book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and The Art of Battling Giants, inspired by the biblical story of a lowly shepherd boy’s battle with Philistine’s version of The Hulk, the tome—in a nutshell—examines the advantages of disadvantages.

The book is full of interesting facts about turning disadvantages into advantages for example

Did You Know?..

About 30 percent of successful entrepreneurs are dyslexic.

You can count Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, and Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn among high-profile business leaders who suffer from the learning disorder (which affects about 10 to 15 percent of the U.S. population, according to the Dyslexia Research Institute). Depending on how you look at it, you could say these entrepreneurs succeeded in spite of their dyslexia or, in part, because of their dyslexia. (If you’re Gladwell, you’ll likely assert the latter, as this is a book about turning disadvantages into advantages, after all.)

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