Malcom Gladwell's book, Outliers
, indicates that successful people are not necessarily smarter than everyone else. Instead, success is heavily dependent on two factors: hard work, and environment.
Gladwell: My wish with Outliers is that it makes us understand how much of a group project success is. When outliers become outliers it is not just because of their own efforts. It's because of the contributions of lots of different people and lots of different circumstances— and that means that we, as a society, have more control about who succeeds—and how many of us succeed—than we think. That's an amazingly hopeful and uplifting idea.
If Gladwell is correct,
then we as a society are putting far too much emphasis on the "self made man." In fact, he indicates that America is largely blind to role that communities play in the success of individuals. So what do you think? Is success an individual or a team sport?
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