Thursday, October 29, 2009

Chapter 9: Marita's Bargain

"Outliers are those who have been given opportunities- and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them(pg.267)." We may assume that the outliers in our society were born that way and they were destined to be outliers. Through this book we are able to see that becoming a success is about seizing opportunities that are given to you and making the best out of them. Sometimes you may think that doing something is a waste of your time but in the end it could be the difference between you getting the job or the other person getting the job.
We are able to see that Marita understands that although she may be sacrificing some things know in her life she will later reap the rewards. The school that she is attending allows her to have the opportunity to move up in the world. It does not guarantee that it will happen but she is able to put herself in a better position to take advantage if the opportunity were to present itself. Giving up a little know can pay back big later on in your life. Marita has seized this opportunity and because of it she just opened doors such as attending college, heck she seized the opportunity to make it through school and graduate. For some they don't even take that opportunity that is presented to everyone in the United States. While people should take advantage of things that are presented to them, not everyone will be able to receive these benefits. If everyone was given the same opportunity then we would never have any outliers or would we create a whole new "breed" of outliers? We will just have to wait and see what happens next.

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