The book Outliers written by Malcom Gladwell details his uncommon view on the success of others. As most people believe success can be achieved through ambition, intelligence, and hard-work, Gladwell argues that in order to understand why certain people are more successful than others, more emphasis should be put on the conditions of life around them. Gladwell discusses the uncontrollable and often overlooked factors that are crucial in determining success. One of the key conditions Gladwell touches on is month of birth in relation to success in both sports and school. When studying common hockey and educational trends, Gladwell noticed something odd: those born in the second half of the calendar year have a huge disadvantage when it came
Have you ever wondered how famous people become successful? Was it just a typical underdog story or is there more that meets the eye? In Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, a series of anecdotes is presented as a way to understand the system of gaining success through a lens that focuses not on the individual but rather on the surroundings. From the life stories of famous successful people like Bill Gates, to the back story of Asian stereotypes, Gladwell shows a bigger picture while picking the small often overlooked details that lead to the success of each and every protagonist in every success story. The only thing off about these remarkable theory-proving selection of cases is the sample size.
With these facts, it is used in Gladwell's argument that we decide our destiny. Gladwell then includes psychologist Michael Howe, who explains that Mozart, professional composer, did not make his "masterwork" until he completed ten years of practice. This shows that Mozart's practice affected his work, and that making his practicing benefitted him more when it was at the top of his priorities (Gladwell 12). With Gladwell's strong evidence and research, he builds a higher quality argument of choices affecting our fate rather than natural
According to Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, high levels of success require opportunity just as much or more than individual merit. However, this is not the case; to achieve success one must be determined to make their success happen no matter the situation they’re in. Gladwell states in Outliers in chapter 8 that, “Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds.” Life isn’t handed to you on a silver platter, even with opportunity one must work make themselves an outlier.
If everyone was given amazing opportunities,the world would be ten times more successful. One’s cultural legacy and most of the opportunities that come along are merely by chance. One does not get to decide when they were born, what nationality they are, etc. The only controllable aspect is hard work. If one works hard at what they do and takes advantage of the opportunities that face them, they are on the road to success.
Montgomery is most famous for writing the book called Anne of Green Gables. Anne was adopted to a family, but the family actually wanted a boy at first, however Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert decided to take care of her. The book shows Anne’s daily life which makes her hilarious and attractive. Conclusion
Generally the social structure in a community is split into a hierarchy, so all of the richer and “more successful” people are socially connected. Anyone coming from a financially stable family is more likely going to afford attending a very prestigious university or school as they are also on the higher side of the spectrum for tuition costs. Gladwell points out that having an insanely high IQ, amazing athletic skills, or savvy communication skills alone are not enough to make people successful because “no one – not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires, and not even geniuses – ever makes it alone” (Gladwell 115). Friends and family play a big role in each other’s life.
Though, he has stated in many interviews that his Quaker faith gives him a “straightforward, strict presentation of the sublime,” which inspires the purpose of his work. The experiences as a pilot, and his studies of psychology in college are also two very big inspirations for him. Turrell is just starting to come out of the prime of his career, at 72 years old. He was extremely successful. There are works (permanent and temporary) of his all over the world, from Las Vegas, to England, Berlin, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and the Guggenheim Museum.
The 10,000-hour rule is based on the idea that any individual can become an expert in any field, including athletics in 10,000-hours. Malcolm Gladwell, who coined the rule, popularized the idea in 2008. He estimated
Outliers: The Story of Success Writing about Reading Defense of Passages In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell challenges those who assume hard work is the only path to success. “It is not the brightest who succeed. Nor is success simply the sum of decisions and efforts we make on our behalf.” Gladwell states that success can happen through a series of different factors.
He describes a true outlier as someone who against all odds manages to be extraordinarily successful and remains a mystery in how that is achieved. In one chapter he talks about “The 10,000 hour rule” and how in order to master something you need to put in 10,000 hours of work to achieve that. While discussing Silicon Valley, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs he says, “The perfect age to be in 1975… old enough to be a part of the coming revolution… twenty or twenty-one, which is to say, born in 1954-1955.” (Gladwell 65) Both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were born in 1955, the perfect year to be right on top of the coming technology revolution.
In this passage Gladwell is explaining to the reader how Bill Gates got every lucky and he didn’t have just himself to thank for his success. Explaining that he never would have been able to get over 10,000 worth of experience if a few things didn’t happen to him. Once again Gladwell uses a list to get his point across as he did before, I enjoy this writing tool because it gets the point across that there is so many reasons on how his talents mixed with a lot of luck got him to where he is today. Along with the list I also enjoy that without meaning to Gladwell comes off silently sassy with the way he writes or maybe the way I read it. For example when “Opportunity number one was that Gates got sent to Lakeside.
In Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, he proves there are numerous factors that which influences the success of failure. To support his idea, he uses examples to demonstrate there are no outliers when it comes to personal success stories. First example is the cut-off date of the Canadian Hockey League, how Bill Gates and the Beatles spent at least 10,000 hours practicing or working on their expertise. In addition, he uses the stories of Chris Langan, and Robert Oppenheimer to compare how one can succeed and how we can fail whether we have extremely high IQs or not. Furthermore, Gladwell utilizes the story of Joseph Flom to show how he was able to build a successful law firms because he wasn’t able to get hired because of racial discrimination.
Learning to become successful is different for everyone, even you are famous are not. The book “The Outliers” by Malcom Gladwell will be “good news” for anyone to read, even if they are average. The book shows how people got famous people get successful in life. Achieving successful is based on three factors: ethnicity, luck and timing. Being born in different backgrounds means different ways of gaining success.
Malcolm Gladwell states in Outliers that 10,000 hours of practice in a sport or hobby or career, will propel one person over another. He tries to convince us with his argument by bringing up people like Bill Gates and the Beatles, stating that they spent more than 10,000 hours perfecting their craft. At first his argument seems pretty legit and holds merit, but then you begin to question. What if someone practices for 10,000 hours, but doesn 't put in much work? What if someone, who has spent few hours than 10,000 is excelling?