David & Goliath by Malcom Gladwell


“When the income of parents gets high enough, then parenting starts to become harder again.”

“Wealth contains the seeds of its own destruction”

“In other words, if you are a student – particularly a poor student – what you need is to have people around you asking the same questions, wrestling with the same issues, and worrying about the same things you are, so you feel a little less isolated and a little more normal.”

“But the better answer is that Hotchkiss has simply fallen into the trap that wealthy people and wealthy institutions and wealthy countries – all Goliaths – too often fall into: the school assumes that the kind of things wealth can buy always translate into real world advantages.”

“The inverted U-curve reminds us that there is a point in which money and resource stop making our lives better and start making them worse.”

“The best students from mediocre schools were always a better bet than the good students from the very best schools.”

“Psychologist measure personality through what is called the Five Factor Model, or “Big Five” inventory, which assesses who we are across the following dimensions:

  • Neuroticism – sensetive/nervous versus secure/confident
  • Extraversion – energetic versus solitary/reserved
  • Openness – inventive/curious versus consistent/cautious
  • Conscientiousness – orderly/industrious versus easygoing/careless
  • Agreeableness – cooperative/empathy versus self-interested/antagonistic”



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