Complete 2 page APA formatted essay: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.
The first part of the work is dedicated to opportunity. One of the brightest examples on how opportunities work in favor of those who get them is the one of Canadian junior hockey discussed by Gladwell. The matter is that the best players are born in the first three months of the year, which means they are biggest in the team and, consequently, have more experience. In other words, the author introduces the formula: more time = more experience = success. Gladwell applies the same to Bill Gate’s and The Beatles’ cases for they had opportunities to gain experience to become giants in their spheres. For the author of outliers, more opportunities and more time are not enough to become successful, though. He claims that geniuses are not born but made. Finally, the type of work one does matters as well and, in accordance with Gladwell, meaningful work is the one that presupposes “autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward.” (149)In the second part of the book, its author discusses cultural legacy as one of the factors that contribute to success. Gladwell states that cultural legacies “persist, generation after generation, virtually intact […] and they play such a role in directing attitude and behavior that we cannot make sense of our world without them.” Among the examples used by the author to back up the argument that cultural legacy has a significant impact is the example of Asians. More specifically, the author states that the logical structure of numbers in Japanese explains why Asians are good at math.

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