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What defines an individuals success In most cases than not one examines the persons IQ their personality or what sort of special talents that they were graced with since birth as factors that influence ones success However this is the exact process that Malcolm Gladwell scrutinized in his bestseller The Outliers Gladwell examined cases studies that exemplified that the opportunities and the cultural legacies of the individuals were in fact the defining factors of their success In the case of Jonas Salk nobody would have suspected that a son of an impoverished Jewish immigrant family to be the first scientist to formulate a successful polio vaccine in 1944 In fact other people in the scientific community like Albert Sabin believed that Salk never had an original idea in his life However surprisingly regardless of his IQ or genetic predispositions Jonas Salks path to success follows Gladwells theory seeing that his life validates the importance of the timing of his birth the cultural legacy and the 10000-hour rule Jonas Salks great success in discovering first vaccine for polio is framed by the era that he was born into which Gladwell deems to be almost one of the most quintessential components in ones success To Gladwell even being born at the beginning of the year proves to provide opportunities unseen to those who are born during any other time of the year Jonas Salk was the first born to a Jewish Immigrants in at the beginning of 1914 a time of tremendous strife and struggle for the entire Jewish community however he was able to develop the ability that Gladwell coined to be practical intelligence Salks parents were among the tremendous wave of Jewish immigrants at the beginning of the 20th century who fled from their country because of religious perjury Many Jewish immigrant families like Salks family settled along the eastern seaboard doing the only business that they knew working in sweat shops and textile factories
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