Caleb Franco Mr. Koup English Honors 5/2/17 How to Achieve Success In the novel Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell describes what success is, and how to achieve. He tells the readers his own opinion on how success is achieved and what factors play a role in doing do. Gladwell talks about social structures, and how each person went about their lives as they were becoming successful. Gladwell shows some contradictory beliefs about success that most people would question as to why he thinks the way he does. Throughout the novel, Gladwell uses real life people as examples to show what success looks like, how to achieve it and the factors that contribute to it. In the novel Gladwell uses many different real life characters from Very successful people to regular ordinary people to show different types of success. One person in particular was Bill Gates. Gladwell described Gates as a “Brilliant, young math whiz discovers computer programming. Drops out of Harvard. Starts a little computer company called Microsoft with his friends. Through sheer brilliance and ambition and guts builds it into the giant of the software world. That’s the broad outline”(Gladwell 50). Gladwell gives his own broad view on Bill Gates on his success. Gladwell talks about a ten thousand hour rule. A rule where if you do something for ten thousand hours you will have mastered that subject. Gladwell shows Gates as one of those people when he was working on computer programming and Gates said “It was my obsession,” Gates says of his early high school years.” I skipped athletics. I went up there at
night. We were programming on weekends. It would be a rare week that we wouldn’t get twenty or thirty hours in”(Gladwell 52). This shows the amount of success that Gates put it. Another character who showed success was Friedmann. Friedmann grew up very poor. He decided that he wanted to achieve more and wanted to get an education. So “The first lesson is that Friedman was willing to work hard, take responsibility for himself, and put himself through school. But the second, perhaps more important lesson is that happened to come along at a time in America
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