Essay about Steve Jobs related to The Matthew Effect

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1) Person: Steve Jobs

a) The Matthew Effect

b) 10,000 hours of work in order to become proficient – went to school, experience in the senate, president, travel, meetings, speech writers

c) advantageous era of birth

d) born in a demographic trough

e) exposure to meaningful work

f) the ability to express to someone what one wants (the presumption of being heard)

g) cultural practices which encouraged success

2) Your thesis should be a statement that clearly posits whether the person’s success was due to external factors or was inherent and which of Gladwell’s categories apply to this person (or you may posit one of your own reasons).

3) The paper should be roughly 2000 words with no more than half of that total devoted to discussing the background of the successful person. That is, at least half, if not more, of the total should be dedicated to discussing your application of Gladwell’s ideas to a real live person. [Note: in discussing this idea, you may rehearse Gladwell’s discussion of it to some extent]

4) MLA documentation should be used for all researched sources.

I. Intro: Using some sort of introductory element [fact, statistic, question(s), anecdote, etc.] introduce your successful person. In the thesis, state whether you think his/her success was due to external factors or whether it was due to individual talent that was inherent.

A) Your thesis should state whether you think the person’s success was due to external or inherent factors and why this person was successful.

II. Background material. Provide background material for this successful person is and why he/she is considered successful

III. Support paragraphs. Support your position on why this person was successful with examples from any of the following reasons Gladwell posits below:

A) The Matthew Effect

B) 10,000 Hour Rule

C) Advantageous Era of Birth

D) Born in a Demographic Trough

E) Exposure to Meaningful Work

F) The Presumption of Being Heard

G) Cultural Practices


Some other reason that Gladwell did not cover or a reason which contradicts Gladwell’s assertions.

IV. Conclusion. From the discussion of your successful person’s life, what kind suggestions for institutional reform might you suggest and why do you think that these reforms would increase the “capitalization rate”

MLA format

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