Outliers Gladwell Success

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In many instances, those who are successful are made out to be some sort of separate breed, those who were innately able to perform remarkable feats that others, no matter how hard they tried, simply could not. Through this exhibition, many people view success as an elusive feature that only a select few can obtain. This theory is the main inspiration for Malcolm Gladwell’s exploration of success in Outliers: The Story of Success. In the book, Gladwell analyzes not only those who are successful, such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, J.R. Oppenheimer, and Joe Flom, but what path led them towards becoming exceptionally skilled. This extremely in-depth analysis of successfulness forms Gladwell’s layered theory of what creates success, and his attempt…show more content…
The author’s thorough investigation of an industry that many tend to overlook or avoid uncovers an incredibly vital part to his overall point. Joe Flom, along with the many other Jewish lawyers that shared his same experience in the 1950’s and 1960’s, exemplify Gladwell’s point that success, “...is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities” (Gladwell 155). Their circumstances of constantly and predictably being segregated from white-shoe firms due solely because of their appearance and religion allowed them to put deliberate practice, or their ten-thousand hours, into mastering the law of litigation and proxy fights that would become a premium in modern business. In addition, the circumstances of their upbringing allowed them the opportunity to have their parents instill a great work ethic into them as children, which would influence their success in adulthood. The author shows through the analysis and realization that many of the Jewish lawyers that became prominent through this law were sons of business owners. Gladwell ultimately uses this chapter to display how truly attainable success can be if the opportunities to work toward success are taken, and also how success is created out of a long process, and many times, people will, “prematurely write off [others] as…show more content…
This is far from a self-help book, but rather, as Gladwell states in an interview with Anderson Cooper, “a community-help book” and one that Gladwell hopes will make society, “start thinking about ways to provide opportunities to work hard” (CNN Anderson Cooper 360) . This book truly does just that, and provides engrossing and concise narratives that enable the reader to have the clarity to see what the process of successfulness looks like, rather than solely looking at its final
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