Outliers, By Malcolm Gladwell

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Societal success relies on whatever society values most at a point in time. In the current state of society, this value exists as something quite obvious: money. Money carries with it a sense of glamour and achievement. Earning large quantities of money seems achievable, it acts as clear-cut goal that people can point to and shout, “Hey, that’s success!”. Furthermore, personal success does not offer this luxury, and thus evades people to its true meaning. Malcolm Gladwell’s novel, Outliers, demonstrates this principle perfectly. This novel tells the story of “successful” people; however, according to the definition being explored here, it only examines one aspect of success: societal. This book never mentions the man who considers himself a success because of his action figure collection, but it does mention people who have achieved wealth. Software tycoons, extravagant lawyers, and billionaire geniuses fall amongst a plethora of successful people referenced throughout the course of this book, but a man such as Morrie Schwartz never even receives the smallest amount of consideration. This book does not examine how people achieve success; instead, this book examines how people achieve wealth. As a book about success, Outliers demonstrates how integrated society’s definition of success has become in the modern mindset. Even though most people easily recognize societal success easily, it does little in regards to enhancing the apparently “successful” person’s sense of
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