In its own way, Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point exemplifies its subtitle: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.
Marketing For Everyday Life The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell, is an in-depth look at what drives the emergence of fads and trends with consumers. However, the true beauty of this book is that it surpasses just marketing and word-of-mouth success in business. Gladwell delves deeper into the foundations of human behavior and psychology. This allows the reader to translate business aspects into everyday life and relationships. The ironic, main theme of the book is the way in which little, insignificant factors can cause substantial changes in life.
Without a doubt, the success of this book lies in the author’s continuous and clear use of examples. He references several successful products and events of the past so that readers of various groups are able to relate and fully understand the presentation of the 3 Rules of Epidemics and the three key players in them. The simple metaphor of a virus and descriptions of roles within epidemics cause the reader to identify similar people in his or her own social circle.
The strength of the book also happens to be its only drawback – the extensive use of examples can be “too much of a good thing” at points in the latter chapters on the concepts of Stickiness and Context. While insightful and interesting, they can cause the reader to lose sight of the main points of the book and how the example at hand relates to a tipping point. However, Gladwell does a good job of revisiting ideas proposed in previous chapters toward the end of stories.
Overall, it is clear that many business owners can benefit from the use of this book as a way to foster relationships and improve business. It is also a good read for someone just entering the workforce to build a good foundation and establish a solid network for career and or personal life. Similarly, a person who is currently employed yet looking to improve and expand their connections to change roles or improve presence could also benefit. Finally, The Tipping Point is great for anyone fascinated by the success of social media sites or looking to change society for the better.