Essay On Outliers

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We have learned ever since we were introduced to statistics that outliers don’t just fit in. In Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, these people gain a new definition: they do fit in. So much, in fact, that people shape their own lives to become an outlier. We idolize them and crave to be as successful as them, while they are really just the same as each one of us. What makes them true outliers is a combination of fate, fortune, and fervor. Gladwell argues that self-made men (or women) do not exist. He argues, “We are so caught in the myths of the best and the brightest and the self-made that we think outliers naturally spring from the earth” (Gladwell 268). He explains further that had anyone been in the exact circumstances Bill Gates was exposed to, they would have probably been able to start such an empire as Gates did. I agree. There are many instances in the world today of people being in the right place at the right time and so are discovered by the world and become outliers. One personal example of this is my rank in the grade. Every night, I sit and finish my math homework, and each problem takes a grueling and frustrating ten minutes. When I finish, I check my answers;…show more content…
I got a phone call one day in late November, saying that I had been selected for an audition at John Casablancas. We did our research, my father and I, and we went to the audition. I passed, and I’m now represented by John Casablancas. In the course of classes I take at JC, I meet many people, but not many make a large impact on me. Robert did. I walked into my first class, and there was already a man sitting there. He was a man in his mid-40s, wearing a faded shirt and ripped jeans. His teeth were yellow and horribly crooked, and he walked like every step was deliberate. My immediate judgement of him was that he did not belong here. I immediately corrected myself, and it’s good I did because I was very wrong. He turned out to be the worthiest one
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