In olden day France, there once lived a Salon,a gallery made of art, that every painter wanted to have their art displayed.
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While at the salon many artist were faced by trials after trials never. They were judged on every single detailed which made many young artist fustrated and sick of it all.
Many artists decided to leave the salon due to all the pressure and they decied to start their own little art gallery and display their own piece of art that most likely wouldn't have been displayed in the Salon.
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In a more modern story line, Caroline Sachs was an above average student who had to decide on which college she should go to a very presitigious college or a regular/basic college.
She decided on the prestigious college, that seemed to be a major mistake on her part. She became some thing she could never imagine, average. Her classes at Brown was so tough on her that she was pushed to the point of droping her original major to something easier but that doesn't intrest her and was all in all boring.
It seems that Gladwell wanted us to realize that we shouldn't focus on what other say about things or the rating nbut should do something that fits us more. Become a big fish in a little pond and not a guppy going to Harvard