TALENT: Master Your Craft, with Malcolm Gladwell

As Malcolm Gladwell – author of numerous New York Times bestselling books – points out, mastery and popularity are sometimes linked, but often they are not. If your goal is to become masterful at what you do, the formula is really quite simple: stay focused and do your time. This is the theory behind the 10,000 Hours Rule that Gladwell made famous. Worrying about whether you’re being recognized for your efforts, i.e. popularity, is a product of the ego, not to mention a distraction. . . . So get over yourself and get to work! In this lesson, Gladwell teaches you how.

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If your goal is to become masterful at what you do, the formula is simple: stay focused and do your time. In this lesson from Big Think Edge, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell teaches you how.

Learn to Embrace Your Messy Brain

Embracing messiness and understanding that it is a contribution to the creative process is something that writers and creative types have got to cultivate.

Creative people have messy brains. Their imaginations are messy. Why? Because they don’t want to throw anything out.  Why don’t they want to throw anything out? Because they believe on some level that there is always something of interest or value in whatever they encounter. 

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Tinkering with Technology is Not What Moves Human Knowledge Forward

Malcolm Gladwell: It drives me crazy when people in the technological sphere inflate the importance of the kind of tinkering they do with these sort of software gadgets that they come up with.  

You go to Hollywood now and you ask any head of any studio what their biggest issue is they’ll say there aren’t enough great screenwriters or there are only eight people in Hollywood who can write a funny movie or there are no great leading men.  There is no great heir to Marlon Brando or Robert De Niro. Are any of those problems solvable through technology?  No. 

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You Want to be 21 at the Beginning of a Revolution

Malcolm Gladwell: I don’t know why we run from explanations of success that include a healthy dose of serendipity.

Remember the famous statement by William Goldman about Hollywood, "Nobody knows anything."? He was talking about how nobody can predict what the public really wants and he was sort of acknowledging the tremendous role that serendipity plays and simple luck plays in who wins and who doesn’t.

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