Analysis Of The Outliers By Malcolm Gladwell

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Becoming successful is something most people strive to achieve, but what if your birth date could in some cases help you have a higher chance of becoming successful. In the novel ‘The Outliers’ by Malcolm Gladwell, he explains the story of success about people he refers to as the ‘Outliers’. An Outlier he states is “Men and women who, for one reason or another, are so accomplished and so extraordinary and so outside of ordinary experience that they are so puzzling to the rest of us as a cold day in August.” Many of these Outliers strived towards success much easier because they were born in a certain month or certain year and in this novel, Gladwell explains why this is.

‘The Matthew Effect,’ this is a reference is a verse in the book of Matthew in the Bible that can be summarized as those who have much will get even more, while those who have little will lose even that small amount. Gladwell directs the attention to a 2007 roster for the Medicine Hat Tigers, an elite Canadian youth hockey team. He tells us that Roger Barnsley, a Canadian Psychologist, looked at this roster and noticed that an overwhelming number of players were born in January, February, or March. Gladwell gives us an explanation for this strange phenomenon: the cutoff
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Gladwell states that many of these Outliers, for example, hockey players are so successful because they were born in January, February, and March, which I think is a false statement. To be an Outliers is shouldn't matter when you were born or how rich or how smart you are at a young age. Young hockey players shouldn't have to get it in their heads that if they aren't born in those three months then they won't be as successful as those who are. As long as they try their hardest and strive towards their goals then who knows, they could become more successful than the kid born in January get that 'special
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