Malcolm Gladwell Outliers

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Like the book “Outliers,” its author Malcolm Gladwell is also an outlier himself. He accomplished a great by having all his books published and becoming New York Time 's best selling author. According to the Huffington Post website, out of human entire history only, 130 million books were published. While the figure may not seem big, it is not a small amount compared to the people who want to be great authors (Huffpost, 2013). Gladwell, being able to accomplish his success as an author, is an outlier in his field. According to the epilogue of Outliers,Gladwell talks about how he became an outlier because of extrinsic factors. There are several extrinsic factors that helped Gladwell become an outlier. For instance, Gladwell’s great-great-great-grandmother,…show more content…
According to chapter 7 “The Ethnic Theory of Plane Crashes” of Outliers, Gladwell opens with an account of Korean Air flight 801. The flight was taking a route from Seoul to Guam, and also the captain was an experienced captain which means that the captain had a lot of experience flying, so as he was flying there were no incidents. The flights was about to arrive at it’s destination, but the plane could not reached the airport, but instead the plane crashed into the side of a mountain and killed about 254 people on board. During the late 1990s, the Korean airline had a bad reputation which resulted from many plane crashed and criticism from the Korean president. The problems of Korean Air’s were not the results of sudden catastrophes or malfunctions; rather they are generally the products of individual errors and problems that build up on another which is individual cultural legacies. Also, Korean Air had highest PDI, which is a “concerned with attitudes toward hierarchy, specifically with how much a particular culture values and respects authority (Gladwell, 2008 pg. 204-205).” In Korea, there is a cultural legacy which is a “mitigated speech”. Mitigated speech is “which refers to any attempt to downplay or sugarcoat the meaning of what is being said (Gladwell, 2008, pg. 194).” Most of Korean people mitigate when they’re being polite, ashamed, embarrassed, or when they’re being deferential to authority. For instance, “If you want your boss to do you a favor, you don 't say, "I 'll need this by Monday." You mitigate. You say, "Don 't bother, if it 's too much trouble, but if you have a chance to look at this over the weekend, that would be wonderful." In a situation like that, mitigation is entirely appropriate (Gladwell, 2008, pg.194).” Hence, Korean Air’s had lots of planes crashed such as
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