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.
In the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell uses the persuasive techniques such as figurative language, rhetorical questions, and analogies to persuade readers that the American view of success is wrong, and that success is the product of opportunities, hidden advantages, and hard work. In Chapter Two, these techniques are used to describe his idea of “The 10,000-Hour Rule” - that belief it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something. Gladwell’s basis for the 10,000-hour rule is that people who are experts in their field became so good from hidden and rare opportunities that allowed them to practice their skills. One example gladwell uses are The Beatles, whom Gladwell identifies as one of the most famous rock bands ever. He first mentions that as a struggling high school band, they were invited to play in a Hamburg, Germany
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.
My brother has always been my biggest inspiration because seeing what he can do and seeing what he has accomplished has always made me strive for excellence and to do the best that I can. David Leonhardt’s story about Malcolm Gladwell explains on grasping the moment and embracing opportunity, “It’s not the brightest that succeeds, nor is success simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we make on our own behalf. It is, rather, a gift. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities-and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.” (Leonhardt 579). My brother always enters the realm of my thoughts every time I read this quote.
Winston Churchill states, “continuous effort-not strength or intelligence-is key to unlocking our potential”. In other words, Churchill believes that hard work is the foundation of success. Success is achieved through effort, making mistakes, choosing to learn from them, and continuing forward. Many individuals, however, have preconceived notions of intelligence and presume it is innate and fixed. On the other hand, Carol Dweck has proven these preconceived opinions to be untrue.
People always strive to be successful, but what if they have no control over the success they achieve? They do. Hard work, passion, and dedication is what makes someone successful, not something like a birth date. In chapter one, of the novel Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, the author is incorrect in arguing that success is determined by someone's date of birth compared to cutoff date. Gladwell uses hockey players to argue that the majority of the best players are born between January and March, with the cutoff date being the beginning of a new year.
And if every man can find what makes them extraordinary in their own way and explore it everyone has free will because everyone is extraordinary in their own way. Our real fate is the one we decided by ourselves, let yourself become so powerful that the gods will fear you and with your head on your feet choose your
The gods who control fate manipulate the thinking and concepts in human's free will. Ultimately fate is what overcomes all. It may not seem like it, but free will was given to mankind by the gods or God. So in turn the gods decide the fate of everybody when they created man. It was already decided and can not be changed.
Our personal success and that of our nation rely solely upon our dreams. Our dreams determine our destination of life and our destination also determines our destiny. Where a person or a nation destination lies there their destiny for the future also lies. Too often we mistakenly measure the success of others or nations through their wealth or riches or the kind of material they possesses such as cars, ships, personal jets and mansion they have. We easily forgot that is their dreams that enable them possess those possessions.