Malcolm Gladwell is a Canadian journalist, speaker and a bestselling author living in New York. He was featured by the Times Magazine in 2005 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Gladwell was born in Fareham, Hampshire, England to Joyce Gladwell , a Jamaican born psychotherapist and Graham Gladwell, who was a professor of mathematics and Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada.
When Gladwell was six years old his family moved to Elmira, Ontario, Canada. During his school days Gladwell was a good middle distance runner, he won the 1,500 meters title in Ontario High School Championship in 1978.
While still an undergrad, Gladwell completed a 12-week training course in journalism at the National Journalism Center and graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in history in 1984.
It takes ten years to become an Expert – Exactly!
After graduation Gladwell tried to get into advertising but was not accepted by any of the advertising agencies that he applied to. He moved to America, accepting the job of a journalist with The American Spectator.
Gladwell started writing for the Washington post in 1987, covering business and science until 1996. He describes his ten years in journalism as a preparation of things to come.
Gladwell started writing for the New Yorker in 1996. His first assignment was to write about fashion, but instead of writing about the glamorous world of high fashion, Gladwell wrote his first article about a T-shirt maker.
Soon Gladwell gained popularity with two articles that he wrote for New Yorker – ‘The Tipping Point’ and ‘The Cool Hunt’. These two articles became the basis of his first book ‘The Tipping Point’ for which he received $1 million advance.
Gladwell has been recognized and appreciated for his work as an author and a journalist. He was appointed to the Order of Canada on June 30, 2011. He received an honorary degree from University of Waterloo in 2007 and another honorary degree from the University of Toronto in 2011.
In addition to being a successful author and a journalist, Gladwell is a highly paid speaker, making as much as $45,000 per appearance.
While Gladwell’s unique talent for interpreting new ideas in social sciences and making them useful for business and general audience has been highly praised, his critics view it differently.
Gladwell has been criticised for oversimplifying things and basing his work on anecdotal evidence as opposed to research.
What do you think? – We would like to leave you with Malcolm Gladwell’s TED profile which best describes his work in a single paragraph.
Detective of fads and emerging subcultures, chronicler of jobs-you-never-knew-existed, Malcolm Gladwell’s work is toppling the popular understanding of bias, crime, food, marketing, race, consumers and intelligence. – TED Talks