Malcolm Gladwell on creativity, quality and quantity

This is from a great New Yorker article – I recommend checking out the whole thing. He refers to the researchers at Xerox Parc (often credited as the inventors of the computer mouse, graphical internet, ethernet and laser printing) as Wild geysers of creative energy The psychologist Dean Simonton argues that this fecundity [of ideas] is often at the heart…

Stories of deliberate practice

Outliers is an excellent place to start. It features the story of Mozart’s “genius” and the Beatle’s “overnight success” told through the lens of the 10,000 hour rule and deliberate practice. (More on Mozart here.) If you don’t feel like buying a book, this article in the New Yorker (also by Gladwell) is another great example. And if you missed…

Anders Ericsson on deliberate practice

Repetition is the mother of skill Tony Robins* Tony Robins is mostly right. 10,000 hours You’re probably familiar with the 10,000 hour rule as ‘discovered’ by Anders Ericsson and popularised by Malcolm Gladwell in ‘Outliers‘. If you haven’t heard much about this before, I highly recommend Freakonomics Radio episode 244, “How to Become Great at just about Anything.” It’s a…

How tools spread

How do tools – ideas and understandings, practices, and real physical tools – get to the people who need them? Some tools may only need to be seen to by copied and spread. A tool will spread if it is: Visible – people need to see it (or hear, or read about it) Beneficial – people need to see that…

Where’s the scene?

In the first full episode of the Broken Record podcast, Malcolm Gladwell chats to Rick Rubin about the start of his journey to becoming a record producer. I’m piecing together fragments here – iffy chronology: He loved music. Punk and hardcore on the radio. Listening to hip-hop (tapes of Mister Magic’s Rap Attack – ‘the only place that hip-hop was…