The Three Tenets Of Success

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In today’s society, people are obsessed with the notion of success and how to achieve it. Many people wonder if there really is a secret to success. According to Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.” Throughout the book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell proves Colin Powell’s quote to be true. There are no secrets one can use to become successful. Success truly is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.
Preparation is a key component of success. Gladwell states, “Achievement is talent plus preparation” (38). While Gladwell’s statement is generally true, psychologists argue that preparation plays a bigger role in... View More »

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However, one must take into account the idea of relative success. Compared to the lives the Borgenichts lived in their respective home countries, live in the United States was prosperous and successful. Gladwell states, “the longer he [Louis] and Regina stayed up at night sewing aprons, the more money they made the next day on the streets” (149) . The idea of hard work was crucial in creating the Borgenichts success. By working harder they were able to produce more garments. Producing more garments allowed the Borgenichts to make more money. This concept is rather easy to understand. Gladwell states, “[h]ard work is a prison sentence only if it doesn’t have meaning” (150). The Borgenichts endured hours of difficult work in order to improve the quality of their lives, and they succeeded.
Understanding success is impossible if one cannot understand its converse, failure. Success comes after one learns from their failures and improves upon them. After a long string of airline crashes Korean Air, formerly known as Korean Airlines, was able to rise up to being among the safest airlines in the world. Korean Air has had a spotless safety record since 1999 (182). The crashes were a result of a cultural issue surrounding Korean Air. The captain was supreme. Gladwell quotes a former Korean Air employee, ‘the captain is in charge and does what he wants, when he likes, how he likes and everyone else sits quietly and does nothing’ (214). Rather than giving up, Korean Air took steps to put its past behind it. Korean Air hired David Greenburg from Delta Air Lines to manage flight ...

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