The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference
Little, Brown and Company
“The smoking experience is so memorable and powerful for some people that they cannot stop smoking. The habit sticks.” Page 233
The second half of The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference gets more serious as it transitions into the second half of the book. The topics range from smoking habits in teens to suicide in teens. I think this quote is a great example of how people get addicted to smoking. When someone tries it for the first time, no one thinks that they are going to become addicted. Everyone thinks that they have the self control and the ability to stop whenever they want. Even after most people are addicted to anything, they say that they could stop whenever they want but they really can’t.
I think that this can be applied to more than just smoking. You could say that any bad habit is usually started by a memorable and powerful event that makes them want to continue to do the bad habit. For example, a group of people walk into a casino for a party to celebrate a friend who has just turned twenty-one. Just old enough to gamble. This friend just happens to win a couple thousands dollars on this trip. This event is so memorable and fun, he thinks he is going to win every time he goes gambling after this trip and becomes addicted to the game.
Malcolm not only talks about the small things that can propel you forward. He also talks about all of the things that can make you fall backwards compared to the rest of the crowd. Some of the small things are things like smoking that put you behind because it physically puts you behind the rest of the crowd. He also talks about smaller mental things. The way you talk about yourself in front of others is very important. The way you think about yourself is even more important. Everything starts in the brain. The more you think about a specific topic or idea, the higher the chances are that you will say it at some point or another.
The Tipping Point gives great examples how you are able to overcome the odds and tip the scales in you favor. “ Look at the world around you. It may seem like an immovable, implacable place. It is not. With the slightest push - in just the right place - it can be tipped.” Page 259. I think that everyone would like to make their lives a little simpler and easier. Malcolm Gladwell not only gives great examples as to how tip the scales in your favor, but proving them by giving statistics to back him up.