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    from the middle and upper class, while the C group came from the lower class (Gladwell 70-115). Another example, that shows how success is not achievable by how hard you work or with high your IQ is but from the family social class is Chris Langan. Langan was born with the mind of a genius but never had the encouragement to defend himself against authoritative figures. Oppenheimer, another child, had a mind very much the same as Chris Langan’s. The thing that allowed Oppenheimer to be more successful than Langan was that Oppenheimer had a special skill. “ The particular skill that allows you to talk your way out of a murder, rape, or convince you professor to move you from the morning to the afternoon section”(Gladwell 110), is what the psychologist Robert Sternberg calls “practical intelligence”. Practical intelligence is the charm and skill to convince others to see things your way, an ability that Langan lacked (“Christopher M Langan”). This attitude and way of thinking is most commonly adopted through family life. A child from a wealthy area is better off than a child from a poor area, not only because of better education, but more importantly because of the sense of entitlement that is required to succeed in the modern world. Chris Langan may have the mind of a genius, but without the influence from his community he will never be able to advocate for himself. In the article,” The American Dream’s False Promise”, by Robert Samuelson, he says that “it’s time to retire…

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    If someone can not afford to go to college, they may not be able to speak and display the intelligent things that are going on in their mind. The example of Robert Oppenheimer is perfect to show contrast between himself and Chris Langan. While Langan grew up in poverty, Oppenheimer was well versed in the upper strands of social society. He was well affiliated with people and organizations that would finance his genius. Even his father was a man who had become financially important in the…

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    Yet, Chua confirms that a child who has Chinese parents has better future and develops skills required for success. Chua also spotlights ' 'Chinese mothers demand perfect grades ' ' (Chua, 2). Chua asserts that a Chinese student should get the highest grades ever in order to be successful in his life. However some people gets best grades and do not succeed. For example, Christopher Langan is smart enough to pass his exams with very high grades which makes the best two universities in the…

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    born around 1955, with many of Silicon Valley’s pioneers born within a few years of one another. Gladwell’s next chapter highlights how intelligence is not necessarily the best indicator of future success. Chapter three begins with the story of Christopher Langan who is considered by many to be the smartest man in the world. Despite is incredible innate intelligence Langan lives a mostly unremarkable life as the owner of a Missouri horse farm. Psychologist Lewis Terman followed 1,470 children…

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    In Chapters 3 and 4, “Trouble with Geniuses”, Gladwell argues, “extraordinary achievement is less about talent than it is about opportunity” (76). Gladwell targets his audience by introducing Chris Langan, an individual that we may recognize and relate to since he has been on television news and game shows as well as in magazines throughout the last decade. He is “the public face of genius in American life, a celebrity outlier and one that “many call the smartest man in America” (Gladwell 70).…

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    Malcolm Gladwell Outliers

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    players and the computer geniuses Billy Joy and Bill Gates both being born in 1950. Part two focuses on cultural legacies. Gladwell focuses on both success and failure. He discusses the “culture of honor” in Appalachia and the rice paddy development in China that fosters useful problem solving skills. Through this series of case studies, Gladwell inserts background information that further supports his claim and helps the reader understand his theory. In Outliers, Gladwell’s diction plays a…

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    Fletcher to join the top jazz group at chafer (Whiplash). Midway through the movie the jazz group ends up performing at a competition. There the core dummer hands Nieman his music folder. Nieman ends up losing it and there another opportunity arises. Andrew gets the chance to perform as the main drummer. Which then leads to him becoming the core drummer for the top jazz group (Whiplash). It is the string of opportunities that lead to his success. Equal to opportunity, parenting style can have…

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    Being successful in life is not always easy because of the different perspectives that success can be achieved. With many theories out there on success, it is hard to figure out what is needed to be done to gain success in everyone’s life since there are many different beliefs out there that can lead to it. In the book “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell, there are numerous theories that are covered with examples of successful people that clearly show how success can be done in not just one way but…

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    the epilogue, where Gladwell explains to the reader about his family’s heritage. He states how his grandmother, Daisy Nation, was able to provide for and raise her two daughters in Jamaica during the early 1900s. His own family legacy is credible because it shows that he knows how success works, and how it helped his family move through life rather easily. This was all because his grandmother “was the inheritor of a legacy of privilege” (pg. 280), which is one of the main points that Gladwell…

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    Outlier's Outliers

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    The book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell opened doors of how and why certain people had success in their life and some individuals have a failure. It explained the differences of the smart successful man and the smart man who failed and why. Outlier gave examples of many men who succeeded or failed in life such Bill Joy, Bill Gates and Chris Langan. These individuals according to Outliers got ahead by having opportunities, Economic, Social, cultural capital and whether or not they had the…

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