Analysis Of Malcolm Gladwell's Argument In Outliers

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Gladwell’s Argument in Outliers Success is a concept that is constantly altered and has a different meaning from person to person. The stereotypical definition of success would be someone who has a high-paying job or is in the upper-class. Malcolm Gladwell, the author of Outliers: The Story of Success, approaches the concept of success in a different and unique way. Gladwell discusses how opportunities, cultural legacy, and hard work all coincide with each other to produce real success. He uses mostly logic and multiple unrelated anecdotes to support and provide evidence for his statements. Gladwell 's main argument is that although hard work and talent are essential for success, one’s given opportunities and cultural legacy are what really drive them to the pinnacle of success. The first aspect that Gladwell introduces to support his argument is the importance of opportunity. One example that he talks about is “The Matthew Effect”. “The Matthew Effect” is shown through the Medicine Hat Tigers elite hockey team of Canada; if one was to look at the roster, which includes their birth dates, they would find something quite peculiar. Most of the players were born in the early months of the year, for instance, January, February, and March. The cutoff date for …show more content…

If everyone was given amazing opportunities,the world would be ten times more successful. One’s cultural legacy and most of the opportunities that come along are merely by chance. One does not get to decide when they were born, what nationality they are, etc. The only controllable aspect is hard work. If one works hard at what they do and takes advantage of the opportunities that face them, they are on the road to success. One will only be truly successful if their cultural legacy is conducive, they are faced with exceptional opportunities and they take them, and they work

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