Best 24 Outliers Quotes by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers: The story of Success is written by Malcolm Gladwell and it is his third non-fiction novel published in November 2008. In Outliers, Gladwell mentions lots of examples to support his thesis which is factors that contribute to a high level of success. With those examples, quotes from outliers are also very important to understand those successes.

Malcolm Gladwell also mentioned a “10,000 Hour Rule” and he claims that it the key to achieving expertise in any skill. Along with the rule, these quotes also help to achieve that expertise.  

Let read some best quotes from Outliers.

List of Best Outliers Quotes:

1. “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

2. “Who we are cannot be separated from where we’re from.”

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

3. “Achievement is talent plus preparation”

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

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

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

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, Outliers: The Story of Success

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

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

7. “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, Outliers: The Story of Success

8. “Hard work is only a prison sentence when you lack motivation”

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

9. “Success is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities.”

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

10. “My earliest memories of my father are of seeing him work at his desk and realizing that he was happy. I did not know it then, but that was one of the most precious gifts a father can give his child.”

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

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

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

12. “Working really hard is what successful people do…”

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

13. “the 10,000hr rule is a definite key in success”

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

14. “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, Outliers: The Story of Success

15. “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, Outliers: The Story of Success

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

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

17. “Who we are cannot be separated from where we’re from.”

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

18. “But before he could become an expert, someone had to give him the opportunity to learn how to be an expert.”

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

19. “The kinds of errors that cause plane crashes are invariably errors of teamwork and communication.”

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

20. “Researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: ten thousand hours.”

Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

21. “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, Outliers: The Story of Success

22. “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, Outliers: The Story of Success

23. “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, Outliers: The Story of Success

24. “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, Outliers: The Story of Success

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