Analysis Of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story Of Success

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Not everyone can be successful. Some people were put on this Earth to achieve, while others were born into a cursed life. It’s nothing personal, it’s just fate. Many will argue that success can be achieved with enough hard work and determination. It is commonly believed that anyone can aspire to be anything if they want. This, however, is not the truth. The fact is that a person’s destiny is predetermined by his or her surroundings. In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell picks apart people’s success stories and turns them into glorified tales of fate and destiny. Gladwell shows that in many cases a person’s success was determined by one or two overlooked factors, such as gained experience and cultural time period. These factors are uncontrollable, but, in the end, they make up a person’s foundation. Gladwell classifies these people as outliers. One such person who can fit into this classification is Andrew Carnegie, the richest man in American history. Many historians credit his wealth to his perseverance and his cold-hearted business strategies. History books will preach about him being a self-made man. Yes, Andrew Carnegie was a brilliant business man, but it was the opportunities given to him that allowed him to even be a businessman. It was his father and the generations before him that set the stepping stones in front of him, thus making his an outlier. Andrew Carnegie’s first job was the biggest influence on his business and success. His first

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