ISC 100 Reflection Questions
These paragraph answers are
based on the book Outliers- the Story of Success.
The goal of this writing assignment is to connect your personal/Seneca experiences or opinions to ideas and concepts discussed in Outliers.
Most answers require your reflection, with action to take either at school, home, work or play.
Two journal submissions, printed out and submitted in class are required.
The total value of this assignment is 20% of your final mark, meaning that each submission is worth 10%.
The Story of Success is a book written by Malcolm Gladwell in 2008.
In Outliers, Gladwell examines the factors that contribute to high levels of success.
He examines the causes of why the majority of Canadian ice hockey players are born in the first few months of the calendar year, how Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates achieved his extreme wealth… etc.
Through a series of case
studies, Gladwell insists that we have all too easily bought into the myth
that successful people are self-made. Instead, he says it is more linked
to hidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities as well as cultural
These many factors allow us to learn and work hard and make sense of the (our) world.
Gladwell defines an “outlier” as a person out of the ordinary that doesn’t fit the traditional definition of success (achievement).
He believes great people and success are linked to concepts of specialization, collaboration, time, place and culture.
Page 30 references the term “accumulative advantage” as an important concept
that can facilitate career/life success. Accumulative advantage can also
be applied to college success.
What services and supports will you accumulate for a Seneca (accumulative) advantage?
Visit College Resources in ISC 100 mySeneca site to assist with this question.
Highlight three areas and be sure to be specific in your plans for action.
Is success due more to inborn talent or deliberate practice (page 38)?
Thinking about your Seneca program of choice, do you think success in your field is nature (inborn talent) or nurture (deliberate practice) or BOTH?
Remember deliberate practice is about doing something over and over again until you get better at it. Is that more important than inborn talent?
Sternberg coins the term “practical intelligence” on page 101. Explain.
Do you feel you hold a good grasp of practical intelligence?
Highlight four ways this semester, either at school, work or play that you believe will help you build practical intelligence.
a great pilot, speaks about flying. So many times he had to go above and
beyond his technical piloting skills.
Explain at least 4 communications skills that he used to successfully land his plane (page 191).
the concept of Power Distance Index (PDI, page204) is helpful to shape
our understanding of society and our place in this world.
Craft a paragraph with two examples of situations/events where a low PDI is beneficial.
As well include two examples where a high PDI is beneficial. Examples can stem from cultural experience or work/school.
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