Birthdays and their effects on hockey players in the first chapter of outliers by malcolm gladwell

Economists have recently looked at the relationship between birth month and performance on standardized tests on fourth graders, and found an average difference of 12 percentile points between the oldest who performed better and youngest students.

Through a series of case studies, Gladwell insists that we have all too easily bought into the myth that successful people are self made and what his research reveals is that talent is just a starting point when it comes to high achievement.

We conclude that deliberate practice is important, but not as important as has been argued". You write about how factors besides talent play into making people successful in various professions. The first time that players aren't strictly grouped by birthdate is when they reach professional leagues.

Citing the work of an educational researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, Gladwell attributes this phenomenon not to some innate mathematical ability that Asians possess but to the fact that children in Asian countries are willing to work longer and harder than their Western counterparts.

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But so was Roy Tarpley. How can we use this to look at excellence in sports in a better way. Gladwell explains to us what these realities say about the nature and reality of success. During their time in Juniors, younger players grow and catch up with the older ones.

You could get 40 years out of him.

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The resulting transcript makes the unusual prevalence of January, February and March birthdays exceedingly clear. The rise of all great athletes is characterized by multiple factors, such as increased interest and attention from coaches, lots of practice time, more competition, plus more games or matches.

In other words, you can be the most naturally gifted athlete in the world. I thought a lot about "The Blind Side. Yet making it into the NHL requires such extraordinary talent that those with the necessary skills will make it onto a Junior roster, even if they are born in December.

Gladwell then asks us: Gladwell insists that there is nothing mysterious going on here at all. Doesn't that mean that a pro franchise ought to spend way more time selecting and developing its coaching talent than it does now.

You could get 40 years out of him. It really is a masterpiece, and you are absolutely right that it touches on many of the themes I explore in "Outliers. Gladwell describes then the Canadian hockey system, explaining that it is a meritocracy, meaning those who show talent and promise are rewarded for their efforts by moving up in the system and becoming part of "an elite league" This act inadvertently saved the slave and her offspring from a life of brutal servitude.

He offers us the following analogy: Gladwell uses this type of setup many times throughout the book. But it did not become the tallest tree in the forest simply because it grew from a good seed; it became the tallest tree because it was planted in good soil and because no other trees blocked its sunlight.

December 30 So those kids get special attention. They start out only a little better than their peers, and then patterns of advantage elevate and enable them to achieve outlier status.

Why don't pro teams learn that lesson.

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Then they are moved to better teams, receive better coaches, have more opportunities to practice—and this makes them better. Gladwell makes it easy to summarize his writing because each chapter is divided into sections and he is good at creating transitions and making connections between his ideas.

Through his research, Gladwell suggests people often look at high achievement too simplistically and also too outrageously.

But all that talent can't overcome the advantages of someone who has had a chance to work harder. This year, any player born in is a "minor midget. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different than what we think. Chapter 1 of Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers opens with a discussion of a Canadian hockey game, a game for the Memorial Cup championships.

Gladwell describes then the Canadian hockey system. Published inOutliers: The Story of Success is Malcolm Gladwell’s third consecutive best-selling nonfiction book, following Tipping Point () and Blink ().

Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers and making the NHL In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell discusses the odd distribution of birth months among NHL players. Because youth players are registered in leagues based on their year of birth, the biggest and strongest players tend to be those born in the first few months of the year.

Gladwell rewrites a play-by-play of the championship game of the Memorial Cup, a major hockey tournament, using players’ birthdays instead of names. The resulting transcript makes the unusual prevalence of January, February and March birthdays.

Relative Age (birth) Hockey players born closer to the cut-off date of age classes have a "physical advantage" (24). Age contributes to the idea that "when" a person is born plays a.

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