Best-selling author and public intellectual Malcolm Gladwell is an expert on a number of things, including complicated topics like why some ideas spread like wildfire and why some people become successful.
But when it comes to investing, he's no authority. And he doesn't pretend to be.
"My father was the kind of person who would meet someone, size them up, and the instant he thought they knew even one percent more than him in a given area, he would defer," Gladwell says.
"And I have the same thing," he adds. "I have enormous respect for expertise, which means I will never try to be an active investor."
Gladwell is the author of a number of best-selling books such as "The Tipping Point," and "Blink."
The writer says he prefers to stick with what he's good at.