Review Of ' Blake Standring '

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Blake Standring – Outliers Analysis Through a series of different tests, Gladwell concludes that we have all too easily bought into the myth that successful people are self-made. He says people “are invariably the beneficiaries of hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies that allow them to learn and work hard and make sense of the world in ways others cannot.” Gladwell explains an outlier as a person “who doesn 't fit into our normal understanding of achievement.” According to Gladwell, great men and women are beneficiaries of specialization, collaboration, time, and place. An outlier’s recipe for success is not personally achieved through hard work, but through opportunity and time on task. I actually agree with Gladwell’s view of success. People can work their whole life towards a goal and never achieve it, but if they know of an opportunity, a legacy, or a specific way to achieve this goal more efficiently, they can be successful. Examples are children being born in the early months to be better at hockey, working on a specific task for 10,000 hours to become proficient, and proper training and excellent communication while flying an airplane. First, we take a look at the 2007 Medicine Hat Tigers roster. Canadian psychologist, Roger Barnsley first drew attention to the phenomenon of relative age. He was shocked while looking at the roster as he noticed that seventeen of twenty-five kids on the team were born in January, February, March, or…
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