Essay on Sociological Perspective on "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell
In the book “outliers” one of the chapters takes a glance at the reality that a astonishing amount of numbers of the most dominant and successful corporate lawyers in New York City have approximately the exact same biography: they are Jewish men, born in the Bronx or Brooklyn in the mid-1930's to immigrant parents who worked …show more content…
Gladwell writes in the book that most experts accumulate about 10,000 hours of practice before they build up their talent. For example, Bill Gates spent hours and hours programming the computer and designing, 20 to 30 hours a week, skipping exercise and even sneaking out at night to get some computer time. The Beatles spent two years in Germany playing before a live audience for very long hours each day, 8 hours a day, and 7 days a week, for a good amount of the year, before they became famous. Even though Mozart was experienced and talented at the piano, he didn’t begin writing his own compositions until he reached 21 years old, before that he mostly played compositions that others wrote. Add up all the hours of practice from those who have talent and skill, and match up to and compare to those who lack and doesn’t have talent and skill, the number of practice explains a lot on why they are talented and the ones who lack it doesn’t.
Gladwell relates numerous examples of people who were successful because they had the proper skills at the right time. For example, in the 1940s and 50s, lawyers skilled in dealing with hostile takeovers and lawsuit unexpectedly became extremely wanted and needed, years earlier the practice was considered unethical. Those lawyers who accumulate the practice before the