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The Art of Failure

Insights from Malcolm Gladwell

by Steve Zolotow |  Published: Mar 05, 2010

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I play a lot of poker. I write about poker. I also think a lot about poker. When I watch a movie, I’ll often think about some of its situations in poker terms. Isn’t that guy bluffing in a bad spot? Doesn’t he realize that his girlfriend is sure to call his bluff! Even when I am reading a book about something else, I often ponder whether some of the things the author is discussing have parallels in poker. If you have never read anything by Malcolm Gladwell, you should. His two best books are Blink and The Tipping Point. His most recent book is a collection of essays, most of which were previously published in The New Yorker magazine. He draws on modern research and thinking from a number of disciplines, including psychology, medicine, mathematics, and finance. The first part of this column is based on a distinction that ...


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