Outliers Malcolm Gladwell

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Outliers: The Story of Success, written by Malcolm Gladwell, is a non-fiction book analyzing similarities of culture, family, and class of what we define as a successful person. Gladwell examines and breaks down his answers to what most people wonder: “What are the personalities of a successful person?” “Were they born with various gifts that the unsuccessful don’t have?” “What personal aspects of an auspicious individual help shape the peak of what they reach?” Countless written autobiographies ostensibly follow a similar story to one another. Many like to portray themselves as “self-made”. However, the author demonstrates that this isn’t exclusively the case. “People don’t rise from nothing,” as Gladwell states. The main idea that he conveys …show more content…
His previous books such as The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000) and Blink (2005) are related to both social and cultural matters, and what encounters lead individuals to quickly make choices in one’s everyday life. More specifically, The Tipping Point talks about the rapid change of social epidemics, whereas Blink is based on how humans make big decisions though having little information. Moreover, it unbosoms his idea of how these hunches may be just as good as a thought out answer for a given situation after a lengthy amount of time. I had been previously impressed with the two books mentioned, so I had presumed that this book would meet my high …show more content…
Lewis Terman, a professor in the field of psychology, led an experiment of IQs of children. He later sought out the 1500 child geniuses with the amazingly high IQ of 150 or higher, to see where the talent had led them in their lives. Terman’s hypothesis stated that these children would grow up to be governors, entrepreneurs, and leaders. Gladwell explains that this theory was incorrect, as most of the children grew up to live normal middle-classed lives. However, two of the children who were rejected from the study because of their low IQ, went on to win Nobel prizes. Overall, I agree with Gladwell’s message, as it is true that opportunity, timing, legacy, and meaningful work are key factors to the success of an individual's

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