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August 17th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

I didn't drop off the face of the earth. Just got back from Boston for a psychology convention: 15,000 psychologists under two very large roofs. Does anyone know Malcolm Gladwell (author of Blink and The Tipping Point)? He gave a pretty decent speech on the rags-to-riches story and signed my book afterward. He essentially argued that without financial hardship, a number of extremely influential and powerful people would not have achieved the same success. There's certainly a flip side to the argument but I thought it was inspiring anyway.

Which goes to show that just because some of us have to take out loans and work before grad school, we might still reap the benefits. Wink

5 Responses to “Gladwell ”

  1. cargirl86 Says:

    Haven't read 'Blink.' He's got some interesting ideas. How cool that you got to meet him!

  2. sillyoleme Says:

    We read The Tipping Point in one of my marketing classes. I agree with cargirl... very cool that you met him, and he signed your book!

    And great to know there's hope for those of us who worked in college. Smile

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    I've never heard of him, but he's got a point that I can agree with.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    I love Gladwell--like you said, there are two sides to everything--but his side is really interesting and engaging and fun to read about! I feel like he sees patterns and common threads where most people wouldn't. I just got my dad both those books for Father's Day and he e-mailed to say how much he was enjoying them.

  5. LuxLiving Says:

    Egads that's a LOT of psychologists in one place!!

    I've heard of the "Tipping Point" theory but never read the books or heard of the author you mentioned. I will try to get a look at them at the local library.

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