Samuel L. Jackson, The Outlier

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Samuel L. Jackson possesses a wide acting range. He can be daring like a desperate cop in The Negotiator trying to prove his innocence. He can be passionate like the father of a violated and murdered daughter in A Time to Kill. He can also be a contemplative Jedi Master in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones fighting for peace and justice. These key movie roles shed some insight into his personal life. His driven passion and intelligence helped him become the actor he is today. In Outliers: The Story of Success, author Malcolm Gladwell proposes that to be successful in life relies on many different factors such as the Matthew Effect, 10,000 Hour Rule and even Exposure to Meaningful Work. Samuel L. Jackson possesses all these... View More »

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Jackson auditioned and managed to snag a role.” Jackson clearly finds being an actor is meaningful to his life and passionately pursues it.

Gladwell’s Matthew Effect is another theory that he argues thatm could affect success, “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. It’s the rich who get the biggest tax breaks. It’s the best students who get the best teaching and most attention. And it is the biggest nine- and ten-year-olds who get the most coaching and practice. Success is the result of what sociologists like to call accumulative advantage.” (30) The sooner one pursues a skill, the more time one has to master that skill, like Samuel Jackson. Adams states, “Jackson attended films regularly and reenacted them afterward. He also performed small roles in his aunt’s theater product ions.” Jackson began acting at a young age. Acting provided his biggest opportunity. Spencer writes, “He discovered drama at Atlanta’s Morehouse College. Jackson moved to Manhattan after college with fellow thespian (and future wife) LaTanya Richardson to pursue pro careers. He labored long in thankless screen roles (Debut: 1972’s Together For Days).” He did not start his acting career until he was in college, and that was still retentively early in his life. Acting, however, was not Jackson’s only activity. Kretscchmer writes, “Jackson also became a political activist at Morehouse, primarily participating in protests opposing the Vietnam War.” Protesting provided Jackson with another avenue ...

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