Outliers : The Story Of Success

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We are presented with a theory that there aren’t any successful self-made people, which we know is contrary to popular beliefs. This theory was presented by Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Outliers: The Story of Success. The theory is further defined by the premise that holds that success is enabled by a person’s culture, environment, when and where they were born, and a strong work ethic. These theories and examples of success are analyzed using the textbook, Leadership: Research Findings, Practice, and Skills (2015) by Andrew DuBrin. Several examples are provided in this paper that illustrate and support Gladwell’s thoughts on opportunity and cultural legacy.
An Analysis of Outliers: The Story of Success
Outliers is Malcolm Gladwell 's examination of what makes some people excessively more successful than others. These "outliers," as he calls them, are commonly thought to possess talent and intelligence far above that of the average person, but he challenges this popular belief by looking at the background of some notable outliers.
Further, he argues that people are more a product of their environment, culture, life experiences and even when a person was born. Andrew DuBrin textbook provides theories and concepts of leadership that can be correlated to the actions of the good people mentioned in Gladwell’s book. It would make sense to say that the success of individuals would come from something more than what is within the individual.
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