Outliers, By Malcolm Gladwell Essay

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The sociological perspectives are ideas that make an effort to absorb and clarify events in the social behavior of humans. In Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers,” he attempts to give explanations for the reasons of why some people become successful, and some do not. These “outliers,” as he identifies them, are generally believed to hold a sort of talent and intellect that is distant from the average. He challenges this popular belief by researching the history of various well-known outliers.

In Chapter 2, “10,000 Hours,” Gladwell begins to discuss the reality and nature of “innate talent.” This is the skill, intelligence, and ability humans are fundamentally born with. He continues to say that innate talent does exist and that it will, by no mean, become proficient without obtaining a large amount of practice. Referring to the studies that were researched in the habits of expert musicians and chess players, it was found that none of them became ‘experts’ without practicing. This is where Gladwell states that research has developed the number of hours it takes to accomplish proficiency. This being the 10,000 hours rule. He uses Mozart, Bill Gates, and a few others as examples, given that they had obtained at least 10,000 hours of practice, then eventually became accomplished experts in their field. Without the opportunity for well-built, lingering, and deliberated practice, no one can develop to be successful. I would relate this chapter to the functionalist…

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