Argumentative Essay On Outliers By Malcolm Gladwell

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Jim Rohn, a motivational speaker, once said, “Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” Malcolm Gladwell’s, Outliers, published in 2008, argues what it means to be successful, and how one can become successful. Gladwell specifically mentions the “10,000 Hour Rule” which states that anyone who wants to reach a definite level of mastery must perform 10,000 hours of practice. Some believe this rule to be invalid as those born talented, are also born successful. Though I recognize that some are born naturally gifted, I still contend that one who wants to become great at what they do, must do supplementary amounts of practicing as it utilizes one’s potential to the fullest as Gladwell argues.
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Some argue that the practice is only beneficial if it contains “super stable structures” or set rules. The argument is that practicing only benefits categories such as sports and music as the rules never change. I believe that any specific skill that a person wants to improve upon or master can be and has to be practiced, no matter what category of skill it may fall in. As long as an action is repeated consistently, it will become a habit. Another argument is that a person’s opportunities and chances are what defines a person’s success not their work ethic. However, as Gladwell states in his book Outliers, “...if you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.” His claim is that through dedication, one has the ability to overcome obstacles. My father grew up in a home of a poor plumber and an immigrant. They struggled financially. My father had always had the dream of becoming a doctor, specifically a podiatrist. He knew that affording medical school was going to be a major concern. In college, he met my mother and they married before my father attended graduate school. Shortly after, they had my brother. My parents worked multiple jobs while going through school while also raising a child. My parents did not let the circumstances of their world affect their dreams. Perseverance can overcome any obstacle in your

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