Chapter 1: Chapter One focuses on how someone and use one’s biggest weaknesses to identify one’s greatest strengths. Gladwell talks about a junior high basketball team without much experience, kind of like David. They were the league underdogs but didn’t let that discourage them. By instituting a full court press, they managed to defeat other teams and eventually have success nationally.
Chapter 2: Chapter Two turns talks about the inverted parabola, or curve. Gladwell shows the effect of having too much or too little of something. He uses examples like classroom size and a person's income. He uses these examples to state that a middle point most often strikes a perfect balance. There is a certain level of income that if anyone is earning below that point might not be happy, whereas anyone earning higher than that point might lose their moral values, which leads to unhappiness
Chapter 3: In Chapter Three Gladwell talks about being a little fish in a big pond. He talks about both the French Impressionist painters who started their own Salon and became big fish in a little pond. He compares them to a student choosing between an Ivy League university and a non-Ivy school. The student that chooses to go to the Ivy League school becomes a little fish in a big pond and ends up regretting it. But if she would have chosen the non-Ivy school and been a big fish in a little pond, she probably would’ve ended up being more successful.