The Secret Of Success In Outliers By Malcolm Gladwell

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For generations, only certain people have achieved success - they are known as geniuses or outliers; however, they did not obtain it on high IQs and innate talents alone. In the book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell, #1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point and Blink, reveals the transparent secret of success behind every genius that made it big. Intertwined with that, Gladwell builds a convincing implication that the story behind the success of all geniuses is that they were born at the right place, at the right time and took advantage of it. To convey the importance of the outlier’s fortunate circumstances to his readers, he expresses a respective, colloquial tone when examining their lives. Gladwell begins his examination of an outlier’s success by clarifying that his purpose of the text is to convince his readers that the successful did not become successful on their own. Intertwined with his purpose,…show more content…
This can be deduced by his claims that “people don’t rise from nothing” and that they were the product of “ . . . hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies . . . where and when [they] grew up . . .” He provides these claims in a quick summary of the overall purpose of the book in order to alert his readers of what is going to be covered and how it is going to be covered. As a result of the bluntness of those claims, his readers have a clear understanding of what is to be expected when analyzing the information presented to them and feel no need to worry about hidden bias being present. (Gladwell 19) Throughout the book, Gladwell repeatedly restates his purpose as if it were a jigsaw puzzle and his bluntly mentioned purpose on page nineteen is the cover of the box. Each subtle - and not so subtle - puzzle piece of information in each chapter, such as Lewis Terman’s high IQ “Termites” and their success based on
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