Analysis Of Malcolm Gladwell 's ' The Story Of Success '

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Malcolm Gladwell focuses on an individual’s ability to effect change within society. Outliers deal with the cultural and societal forces that give rise to opportunistic individuals. Most people when telling a story about a successful person usually only focusses on intelligence and ambition. In the book Outliers Malcolm Gladwell generally argues that the true story of success is ultimately very different, and that if we as individuals want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. The story of success is more complex and a lot more interesting than it initially appears. This paper will examine Gladwell’s purpose for the book, his major themes, principles, concepts and how they relate or differ to Andrew Dubrins book Leadership.

In the beginning of the book, “The Story of Success”, the author Malcolm Gladwell began by giving the definition of the word outlier which he defined as a person, situation, or thing that is different from others. This word defined is of something that is markedly different from the normal or the average which is the foundational principle of Gladwell’s book. Gladwell continues by studying people and situations that are above average or that stand out from the normal, and he looked into all of the different factors that played a role in creating their individual success. People who are among us who are
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