Analysis Of Simply Not An Outliers By Malcolm Gladwell

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Simply Not an Outlier From the book authored by Malcolm Gladwell, named “Outliers: The Story of Success;” Out•li•er \-,lī(-ə)r\ noun 1: something that is situated away from or classed differently from a main or related body 2: a statistical observation that is markedly different in value from the others of the sample Outliers, defined by Malcolm Gladwell, people who “do not fit into our normal understanding of achievement.” Gladwell discusses how success is not achieved through self-efforts, but rather because of hidden advantages; circumstances, opportunity, education, family, community, and the readiness for diligence. Gladwell has known people who are “smart, ambitious and not rich.” His point throughout this book is that many circumstances…show more content…
James was nurtured in a family that struggled financially. He had a lazy, uneducated, street-smart father. His father at times had decent paying jobs, but because of his laziness, the father would awaken and decide not to go to work, losing pay for the day. It is strange why his father had this behavior as his father's mother was an incredibly hard-working, single parent, and continuously provided the essentials for him and his three siblings. On the other hand, unlike his father, James mother is responsible and motivated. She went to a vocational school and obtained a certificate in Nursing as an assistant. Afterwards, she worked a forty hour week to generate the same sum of income as his father did in a single day. Later in James life, his mother divulged just how senseless it was to work a complete week, meaning she labored forty hours for nothing since the father took numerous days…show more content…
There were t occasions when his meals consisted of spaghetti noodles and sauce for an entire week. Pancakes prepared with water or perhaps just sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper. Living in a single parent and struggling environment did take part in James success. Unlike when Gladwell suggests Chris Langan, a gifted child was reared in an unpromising environment by parents that were too occupied or absent, unable to develop his talents. Langan's environment affected him, so he floundered. James single parent life consisted of his mother too being occupied and absent due to the job, yet he succeeds. His environment created opportunities to learn and observe those around him. He learned to cook, wash his clothes, responsibility, and most importantly, working hard to sustain life. He wanted to succeed in the same way as his grandmother and mother. He did not intend to mirror his father. By the way, later in James adult life, he accepted his father's new family under his roof, consisting of six half-siblings. He shouldered the supported and helped to raise those kids for five years. That reflects another story his mother told him about, how his grandmother was continuously taking people in to help
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