An Essay On Outliers By Malcolm Gladwell

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Success, a word we hear everyday and live our lives to achieve, but what does it mean to you? Throughout this school year, while exploring success I have learned what success means to me. While your stand may not be acceptable to others, success is when you have found happiness in your position in life, because you know you have given it your all , and have become a person you are happy being. People have a habit of basing their success off of the expectations of others. In the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell it says, “We prematurely write off people as failures. We are too much in awe of those who succeed and far too dismissive of those who fail.” This quote captures the idea of being accepted into society, based off of class and your level …show more content…

Another quote from the book states, “The values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with have a profound effect on who we are.” This quote reflects on the fact that our values and the people we surround ourselves with impacts what we think success is and how successful we can be. If you live in America success is defined by your money, social influence, and popularity. Where as if you lived in The Democratic Republic Of Congo (the poorest county in the world) your success would be defined differently. To move on, if you lived with a very rich successful family your expectations for success would be higher than if you grew up on food stamps and homeless. To sum up, the people you surround yourself with, the part of the world you live in impact your …show more content…

A quote from Outliers says, “Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good.” This quote shows that to reach success you must put effort into what you do. It matters because putting effort into something makes it worth it. If you don't try and learn from the process you haven’t grown in experience, so you haven’t grown much at all. Another quote from Malcolm Gladwell states, “...If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires. (151)” This quote supports that last but adds the factor of acting on opportunities. Acting on opportunities is important because they can be once in a lifetime. By doing this you put yourself out there to learn and grow. This ultimately sets you up for success. All in all, success is earned with hard work and taking advantage of all

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