Outliers : A Story Of Success

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Born in Hampshire, England on September 3, 1963 to parents Joyce Gladwell and Graham Gladwell, Malcolm T. Gladwell was intrigued by the fundamental ideas of mathematics and psychology from a young age. After graduating from the University of Toronto, and accepting some not so appealing jobs, he finally landed a spot on the staff of The New Yorker. Spending time on this fast-paced journalistic endeavor and writing some out-of-the-ordinary pieces inspired Gladwell to go back to his roots, and explore the principals of psychology. In 2008, he published his third book, Outliers: A Story of Success. This novel explores the circumstances in which people are given the opportunity to be successful in their respective fields, based on their surroundings, along with personal drive, and perseverance to be the best. Gladwell wrote this novel to give his audience an in-depth explanation of the fact that people such as athletes, actors, and millionaires don’t simply become something from nothing based on luck- they must put in the work to be successful. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word outlier is a noun. It means “a person whose abilities, achievements, etc., lie outside the range of statistical probability”. In this novel, Gladwell identifies the qualities which someone must possess in order to be an outlier. He opens the novel with an explanation of what an outlier is, and what defines someone who could potentially fall under that particular category, by providing the
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