About a year ago a friend loaned me a book, Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, and I started to read it. However, life got in the way and it found a shelf until just recently. This time, I made it the whole way through and found some great information that I would like to review with you. Perhaps this is the book that has the answers that you are looking for.
This book is about how we are able to make snap judgements in the blink of an eye and somehow be fairly accurate when doing so. Malcolm explores many different paths that help lead up to how we are able to process information so quickly and accurately.
There is also a fair amount of information on just how we behave in various situations on a mental level and how various things can have an effect on that. By the end of the book I was really excited to see how everything was tied together and very happy once I completed reading it.
A Rough Start
As I mentioned above, it wasn’t until the second time that I sat down with the book that I got through it the whole way. There are two reasons behind this with the first being that I am not a huge book reader and sometimes just can’t get into that mood. Secondly though, I thought that while there was great information provided the author took a slow and deliberate buildup that took a little more time to hook and reel me in.
My friend had proactively loaned me the book after reading it himself though as he really thought that I would enjoy the perspectives and research shared. While it didn’t grab me at first, the second time through I really found a connection with the content and once that was clear it would not take me long to finish this it.
Well Presented and Thought Out
While it may have started slow, there was a constant building going on where Malcom Gladwell was able to keep adding on more and more linked content. With each story shared, perspectives would grow and be linked together, forming a rather well rounded piece.
It was a lot like with each new page, a new link was added to the chain. As the chain grew longer, I grew more and more intrigued with the content that was being presented to me. I started to anticipate whatever was coming up next and at times it became hard to put the book down.
The one point that I loved was how the author used various stories to get points across. With each story there would also be a lot of research to go along with it to help explain as well. I have always been a fan of using stories to help share a perspective and I have to give Malcom credit here as he did a great job with that.
Pros and Cons
Outside of the Pros that I have already mentioned, the biggest one that I enjoyed from this book is the deep thoughts that it provoked. To this day I am still referencing back to things that were discussed and pondering how it all ties in with life. The more time goes on, the more I am finding new connections and aha moments that can all be tied in together.
Again, outside of the Cons already mentioned, the biggest drawback is that Malcolm didn’t give any exercises or ways to implement what he discusses in the book. I had hoped by the end that he was tying everything together for a grand reveal, but you are kind of left hanging there a little.
While he does not give you anything specific to work on to improve your own skills, it is all there for you to discover on your own. I have been realizing more and more just how important the content of this book is and as that happens I am able to improve my life because of it.
Honestly at first I wasn’t sure that I would have recommended this book, but as I went along through it and I began to see the bigger picture I am now fully behind the book and its message.
I will state that you need to be patient with it and allow it to build on itself so that you too can start to see how everything does get tied in together. Personally I think I was about halfway through when it hit me and at that point I knew I wouldn’t set the book down again until I was done.
The last two chapters I found very exciting as I was reading through and I could not wait to turn the page. Again I wished there was some sort of exercise to help with this skill, but I think in time we will all benefit from the content and find our own methods to incorporate it into our lives.
In the end though, if you are looking to broaden your mind and gain a better understanding of how our brains work, then this is a solid book that can help you to do so. I know my mind has been opened up to several new concepts which I hope to write articles about soon!
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I know I personally have a few future articles that I will be writing that in large part came from reading this book. As they become published I will be back to here to list them out for your convenience. In the meantime, you may want to check out these previous articles:
- Book Review: The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris
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