SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT-OUTLIERS: PROMPT #1
“Outliers” by Malcom Gladwell is an inspirational analysis of success and aspects that encompass the meaning of outliers. Gladwell dives deep into stories and facts to explain success and failure in a serious but entertaining tone. In this novel Gladwell introduces and explains important points that strengthen his argument that success is the result of multiple factors in life. His main three points used to set the tone of his overall argument is opportunities, hard work, and culture.
To begin his storyline, Gladwell introduces the opportunities in which some individuals are given based on their birthdates or status. Chapter 1 “The Matthew Effect” begins the introduction of the crucial…show more content… All of these examples discussed play into the overall argument because it demonstrates one of the factors that plays into the success.
In addition to his point about opportunities, Gladwell spends a chapter on hard work and its contribution to success. One of the most popular ideals from this novel is the 10,000-hour rule stating that to master a profession first you must practice 10,000-hours. He points out the specific research study by Ericsson explaining that “once a musician has enough ability to get into a top music school, the thing that distinguishes one performer from another is how hard he or she works” meaning that the difference isn’t a natural ability but a strong work ethic. From the top the huge factor that lets them achieve success is the practice and practice they complete (Gladwell 39). An actual example of this theory is about The Beatles and their continuous non-stop gigs lasting for more than the average timeframe. He wrote “by the time they had their first burst of success in 1964 in fact they had performed live in estimated 1200 times. Most bands today don’t perform 1200 times in their entire careers” showing that the abundance of practice the Beatles completed prepared them and helped the excel in their career. Gladwell informs the readers of the significance practice is on the overall success of an individual to add another aspect to the