Blink and You’ll Miss It (Or I Think I Just Did)

BlinkOne of the books that has been on my list for a while is Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. This short book written by Malcolm Gladwell helps you think about the way that you think and the role that your subconscious thoughts play. The book describes many scenarios in which over-thinking problems leads to problematic solutions and other examples demonstrating that only a short amount of information is enough to make the best decisions.

I like the way the author gave many examples but I found I came away without a clear message about when you should follow your “instincts” or when searching for additional information can help. The book left me with an impression that when you are an expert in sometime, there are subtle nuances that allow you to make quick choices about them, and trying to reproduce them by artificial means (such as a process or a program) is near impossible.

It’s a great book and admittedly easy to read. I feel I need to read it again to get a better insight into how I can apply this in every day life but I feel I can still recommend it. Rating: 7 out of 10

2 Replies to “Blink and You’ll Miss It (Or I Think I Just Did)”

  1. It’s strange; in the last 2 days I’ve read 3 blogs by ThoughtWorkers (all linked from comments on your site, I think!), and all 3 of them were talking about the process of thinking/learning.

    Is there some sort of mass e-mail marketing going through your company or something? 🙂

  2. There’s certainly no e-mail marketing or anything like that. I think learning/thinking is a fundamental part of the way that we work, so it’s pretty much business as usual.

    If you found their blogs interesting and you’d like to read more, we have a separate blogroll on that represents the views of individuals, not necessarily the company as a whole.

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