The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference is the third Malcolm Gladwell book I’ve read. The first two were Talking With Strangers and Blink. Both ended up being an entirely different book than I thought they were going to be, and in the greatest way. The way he writes pulls you in. He’s talking about statistics and behavior, but it feels like a story.
Malcolm Gladwell leads you through a maze of interesting (and seemingly unrelated) pieces of information and then allows you to connect the dots yourself. Both the previous books I’ve read changed the way I look at things. I felt smarter, more ready to take on the world, and in positive ways.
And that’s exactly the feeling I need right now, which is why I picked this book for my next read. The Tipping Point is about how ideas and behaviors spread like a virus.
I don’t have much else to say about the book so far. I’ve only read the introduction and first chapter. I’ll leave you with a quote (of course) before I go.
“We need to prepare ourselves for the possibility that sometimes big changes follow from small events, and that sometimes these changes can happen very quickly.”
This book was written in 2000, so now this sentence feels quite ominous, doesn’t it?
We think life will continue on the same way forever; the frog in the water slowing coming to boil doesn’t notice the slow and steady changes, right? But at some point, the frog does notice, and things start happening. For the frog story, it’s bad. He gets boiled. Or does he? Maybe he jumps out. I don’t know! It’s just a silly analogy everyone knows.
My point right now is, what else around us has reached a tipping point and what was it? If we can notice the small changes that might trigger bigger ones, maybe we could respond in ways that make things better for ourselves instead of worse.