Malcolm Gladwell Outliers Analysis

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Have you ever wondered how famous people become successful? Was it just a typical underdog story or is there more that meets the eye? In Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, a series of anecdotes is presented as a way to understand the system of gaining success through a lens that focuses not on the individual but rather on the surroundings. From the life stories of famous successful people like Bill Gates, to the back story of Asian stereotypes, Gladwell shows a bigger picture while picking the small often overlooked details that lead to the success of each and every protagonist in every success story. The only thing off about these remarkable theory-proving selection of cases is the sample size. While Gladwell dedicated his epilogue to the two women…show more content…
Then where are those women? Where are the women outliers who are so extraordinary and awe-inspiring like Hilary Clinton, Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, and so many others? What about people like the late Nelson Mandela, the transgender billionaire Jennifer Pritzer, comedian Ellen DeGeneres, or even the late civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.? For this book to be a genuine and authentic analysis of the success of outliers, an extensive range of sample size is necessary. For it to be a complete guide to success, it has to take into account all the different types of people there are in the world. An “outlier” is not just some renowned successful white man; an outlier could be anyone out there in the world who is so unique and accomplished that they make people wonder and become inspired. To Gladwell who may have paid homage to his grandmother and mother in the epilogue, and to Gladwell, who came from such a rich heritage of colored ancestors, his book ironically shows otherwise. In the ever changing and ever more acceptable world of today, his book is stuck in the white and male-dominated past. In the world where more women, non-white, and people of the LGBTQQ community are rising to the top of the ladder to become equal with white men, his book is just the viewpoint of one side of the
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