The Outliers Malcolm Gladwell

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Many people believe that success is based on a certain skill or maybe even just luck. In the outliers by malcolm gladwell, Malcolm discusses the theories that there are certain things that affect the success of someone in the long run. I happen to agree with Malcolm on the topic of that everything with success is calculated. It might seem that a person might have long term success because of coincidence, I do not believe that is true. Short term success can be influenced by a luck but long term success implies a lot more. I will be discussing which areas in this book outline my argument of there is no such thing as long term luck. Let 's start out by specifying what an Outlier is. An outlier is a person with an above average ability for intelligence…show more content…
Malcolm discusses famous electronic pioneers like Bill Gates and Bill Joy, and The beatles whom seem to be on the opposite side of the celebrity spectrum. He mostly outlines Bill Joy who started out at The University of Michigan and was thinking about majoring in some sort of biology or mathematics. When Bill saw they had a computer lab he fell deeply in love. Hours of his time were spent coding. He eventually rewrote Java and Unix in his free time. Gladwell discusses the fact that innate talent got Bill to the place he is today but their is another factor that comes into play. Malcolm Suggests arbitrary advantage. Malcolm researched how practice gives you an advantage to success. He researched chess players and Violinists. He found out that in early stages of their respected hobbies that their was not much difference in skill between the children. Once they grew up it played a much larger role. Once the kids started to get older you would have a larger diversity of practice hours between the violinists. The more hours that a person applies to a certain hobby/skill gives that person a much more extensive advantage. Malcolm discusses if you put at least 10,000 hours into a specific skill, you will be great at it. This applies to nearly everything. Gladwell investigated this 10,000 hour rule and applied it to two completely different types of people. He researched The Beatles and Bill Gates. The Beatles started out playing in these tiny clubs that would pay practically nothing. The amount of hours they were expected to lay were roughly 8 hours per show. Thinking about that number they played these sets seven days a week. In 1964 The Beatles played roughly twelve hundred shows in a year. Now that the 10,000 hours rule has proven successful for a rock band, how will this affect a billionaire electronic mastermind. He proved to be an intelligent child from the beginning but the sheer amount of time Bill put into programming in

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