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The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

November 30, 2016
The Tipping Point

One of my good friends read this book many, many years ago and I remember her referencing it a good bit.  I added it to my mental to-do list and ten years later I’m happy to say that I finally read the book.  Let’s be clear, I didn’t read the book…I listened to it because that’s the only way I’m ever going to get it done!

The Tipping Point is about how ideas, trends or behaviors spread and become an epidemic.  The audio book is about eight hours long so it’s a commitment.  I really thought it was an interesting book.  My concentration hardly faded away which is saying a lot for an eight-hour period.  The book gives different examples of how ideas spread when they come in contact with certain types of people.  There are the connectors, the mavens, and salesmen.  I realized that I have a few friends in the connectors category and the maven category.

Fabulous Indeed

An idea also needs a sticky” factor and the book gave examples of Sesame Street and Blue’s Clues.  Did you know that Blue’s Clues aired the same show for five days in a row?  Pretty interesting.

The book also talked about how high the crime was in NYC years ago and how they started to make a change by simply getting rid of the graffiti on the subways.  I thought the section about this was particularly fascinating.  I had never heard of the broken window theory before!

I would recommend this book.  I really enjoyed it and after ten years I got to mark it off my to-do list!  For other recently reviewed books, check it out here!

Crystal

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