David Leonhardt's 'Chance And Circumstance'

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Music David Leonhardt’s “Chance and Circumstance” is an intriguing story about Malcolm Gladwell and his outstanding achievements in the field of journalism. He goes further into Gladwells childhood, being raised by some accomplished parents. “His mother was a psychotherapist, and his father was a mathematician.” (Leonhardt 579). Leonhardt imposes this certain idea to the reader, the idea known as “chance”. Considering how gladwell had successful parents influenced his way to becoming a successful journalist was evidently by chance. He also continues on this topic, stating that, “he is instead a talented person who took advantage of singular opportunities” (Leonhardt579). I see myself similar to Malcolm Gladwell not in a journalistic point of view, but in the art of music. Music has…show more content…
He started playing music in the 4th grade and he still plays to this day. Before i started my musical career, I always used to sit in his room and watch him play. The beautiful sounds of his alto saxophone always made me feel better after a long day. The sweet harmonies he played used to intrigue me so much that it encouraged me to start play the alto saxophone. 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. The fact that he was given the opportunity to become a great musician and he seized it, It helped me begin my
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