Over the past few weeks weve read several excerpts (Chapters 1, 2, 8 & 9) from Malcolm Gladwells writings that help us think about success in new ways. Typically in American society, our success narratives focus on individual talent and hard work, but Gladwell argues that while these are certainly components of success stories, we misunderstand success when we overweight these components and ignore the opportunities, advantages, and legacies that support it. Instead, he asks us to think about the ecology of success: all the external conditions around a person that help them make it. (Gladwell emphasizes 10,000 hour rule!)
Interview TWO successful individuals (mom, who is a personal fitness instructor and dad, who owns his own building restoration company, make up answers for each) in which you ask them to reflect on their path to success. Your questions for these interviewees must be shaped by Gladwells essays and our class discussion of his ideas. Answers from BOTH interviews will be incorporated into powerpoint not simply written. Not all answers nees to be used in presentation. Questions will be given below.
Questions for each interviewee:
What do you love about your job?
Who or what got you involved in your field?
What was the biggest factor that helped you become successful?
At what point did you consider yourself successful?
What traits do you think every successful person should have?
What is your biggest motivation?
What is a change I can make to get closer to my success?
What advice would you give to your younger self?
What advice would you give to someone just starting out their career?
Is there a quote that motivates you?
Then, create a no more than 10 minute long powerpoint presentation in which you summarize the key points of these two success stories, particularly emphasizing what ideas Gladwell would take note of, and reflect upon how this information shapes your idea of success.