Analysis Of The Outliers By Malcolm Gladwell

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Malcolm Gladwell's novel The Outliers has provoked many different feelings including liberation, curiosity, and even helplessness. However, after reading this novel, the feeling of inspiration trumps all others. Throughout Gladwell’s book, he used a variety of different people from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and education levels to show how they became or did not become successful. In the end, if a person was born at the right time, had the correct background, were in a specific location, and were diligent and hardworking, then according to Gladwell, they would ultimately succeed. Though this information varied from case to case it, for the most part, proved itself as a general guideline for all situations. With this in mind, I can …show more content…
My previous notion of successful engineers and software designers such as Bill Joy was that to be like them, you must be born with an incredibly strong IQ. Throughout that is a small part of it I was surprised to learn that that was not how he became such an innovative designer was his many hours practicing with codes. Gladwell talked a lot about the idea of the 10,000 hour rule which he said is what was used to determine masters of various hobbies and occupations. After analyzing Bill Joy, he found out that as a kid he discovered computer programming and then in college he nearly had virtually unlimited access to state of the art computers thanks to a glitch in the software system(46). By having this excessive amount of time Joy was able to become a master at programing which lead him to design programs later on. This example made me feel inspired when reading it because it showed me that if you take advantage of your opportunities and practice one thing for a large sum of time, than I could become uber successful in a career of my …show more content…
In the Bronx, there is a school called KIPP that is very different than Hingham Public schools are. Here, days are eleven hours and forty five minutes long not including homework and transportation. On top of this, breaks are much shorter and they have to take an increased number of classes (265). As a result, kids do not have time to idle and hang out with friends the way most children and young adults I know. One girl who attends the KIPP school Martia. She wakes up at 5:45, sleeps at 11, works hard the entire seventeen hours she is awake, and is only a twelve year old (266). For her to be able to do all of this without a single complaint seriously inspired to sit down and get my act together so that I could work as hard as

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