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Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

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Transcript of Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Summary
In Gladwell's novel, the author thoroughly examines accepting successful people focusing not on their intelligence and ambition and personality traits; looking at the atmosphere surroundings of those successful. Their culture, their family, their generation, and the strange experiences of their upbringings. The lives of outliers - follow a specific and surprising ideology, Gladwell showcases a fascinating and thought-provoking scheme for creating the uttermost of an individual's promising.
Logic Triangle
Quotations impacting the text
"Those three things - autonomy, complexity, and connection between effort and reward - are, most people will agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying" (Gladwell 239).
Rhetorical Square
Author's Argument
Gladwell examining the wealthy and what really makes them high-achievers, arguing that society spends too much of the present scrutinizing personal characteristics of those successful and not considering their upbringings. He also states that natural-born talent will not provide any success.

The author is a firm enthusiast of hard work, seizing opportunities, and patience in what is to come.
"Outliers:The Story of Success"
By Malcolm Gladwell

Thank you!
Joanna Rivera
English III AP
Mrs. Perez

Subject
Purpose
Audience
Speaker
The author's premise throughout the novel stating that those can not envy the successful but only see the personal gain to feed their ambition. They are also capable of a favorable outcome.
"Success is not a random act. It arises out of a predictable and powerful set of circumstances and opportunities" (Gladwell 36).
The subject of this book is of the true origin of accomplishment and how readers can make the most of their potential.
"We cling to the idea that success is a simple function of individual merit and that the world in which we all grow up and the rules we choose to write as a society don't matter at all" (Gladwell 182).
The speaker of this novel is the author Malcolm Gladwell.
"I want to convince you that these kinds of personal explanations of success don't work. People don't rise from nothing...It is only by asking where they are from that we can uravel the logic behind who succeeds and who doesn't"(Gladwell 222).
The audience are those who misunderstand
the true meanings of success and those who are in need of inspiration of endurance.
"Who we are cannot separate be separated from where we're from" (Gladwell 99).
Ethos
Logos
Pathos
The writer, Malcolm Gladwell, exudes in valuable use of sources and personal experiences shows integrity.
"The lesson here is very simple. But it is striking how often it is overlooked, We are so caught in the myths of the best and the brightest and self-made that we think outliers spring naturally from the earth. We look at the young Bill Gates and marvel that our world allowed the 13-year-old to become a fabulously successful entrepreneur" (Gladwell 54).
Gladwell showcases his philosophy by drilling in the importance of hard-work, seizing opportunities, and patience.
"...If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires" (Gladwell 151).
The novel often using inspiration and self-help as a driving force to pull readers in.
"My earliest memories of my father are of seeing him work at his desk and realizing that he was happy. I did not know it then, but that was one of the most precious gifts a father can give his child" (Gladwell 179).
In the author's central argument he mentions hard work, in order to be driven to do the load those must be passionate. You need to love what you do because if we did not there would no need to succeed in something empty.
Quotations Impacting the text
"It is those who are successful, in other words, who are most likely to be given the kinds of special opportunities that lead to further success... Success is the result of what sociologist like to call "accumulative advantage" " (Gladwell 263).
Gladwell mentions a part of success is seizing the opportunities present. The triumphs and tribulations do not get handed to anyone. Those who are successful have seen the favorable circumstances as ticket to the next step.
Quotations impacting the text
"Their success is not exceptional or mysterious. It is grounded in a web of advantages and inheritances, some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky - but all critical to making them who they are. The outlier, in the end, is not an outlier at all" (Gladwell 149).
Those who are successful are not an exception to the woes of life, but their achievements and failures have shaped them. The deviation does not exist according to the author.
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