Point of Contact: "Outliers: The Story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell

Friday, 01 May 2009

Of all the quotations he could have chosen to open his latest sociological survey, Malcolm Gladwell selected Matthew 25:29, the chilling pronouncement of Jesus that at the last judgment everyone who has will be given more, while everyone who does not have will lose even what he has (15). Gladwell then goes on to unpack the thesis of his book: successful people do not achieve their accomplishments by their own hard work alone, but because of external conditions, or, for lack of a better word, luck. Successful people "may look like they did it all by themselves," ...

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