here have many sayings or cliques spread throughout our culture, pertaining to New York, and its infectious atmosphere, on its residents with dreams of “making it big”. Quotes such as “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere”, are one of the many invisible truths to being successful in New York. This type of analysis of New York’s culture is true, due to its shear hard nose style of competition, industrial wise and its fast paced lifestyle. However, one might ask, what is it really that drives certain individuals in New York to become more than the ordinary and strive to be extraordinary? Well the key component to that drive, is an individual’s usage of adversity. Do to adversity, it pushes one beyond their normal limits or breaking points, testing them mentally and physically, producing an end result of a well accomplished individual, if successful in persevering. Adversity is also known as dip, clarified by Seth Godin in his novel title “The Dip”, where he compares adversity to a steep mountain climb, which separates the best from the average.

            However adversity doesn’t always result in a successful completion of one’s trial of self endurance. Sometimes a person ends up failing, persevering for a cause that was simply out of their reach. That’s why adversity greatly benefits the citizens of the lower class, the individuals considered to be the bottom of the social class structure. Many consider the lower class portion of society to be obsolete and nonexistent in the everyday general public accomplishments. Yet it is this so called weakness of social class, which provides their greatest strength and motivation.

            This fact proves to be true, because when striving to for the top, what other place is better to start from the bottom looking up. With little or nothing to start out with, it is no wonder their drive for success is so powerful. As Malcolm Gladwell states in essay “….it is better to start at the bottom, because it is there that you learned the discipline and motivation essential for success.” (Gladwell).

            People fail to realize that not all successful individuals started off with a silver spoon in their mouth, but instead they battle through adversity, and work for their success. For example, in Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Uses of Adversity: Can Underprivileged Outsiders Have an Advantage?” is a non-fictional story about a man named Sidney Weinberg who at an early age was born into poverty and was at a major disadvantage socially, in New York. However these same disadvantages that were suppose to make him weak made him even stronger. He began at a young age going to random office buildings from top to bottom, asking everyone in the offices if they desired an available assistant. His persistence soon paid off when he later gained a job as an assistant to a janitor, earning no more than $3 an hour. He was later moved to flag boy for a trolley service, which one day was headed to the Sachs family town house. There he met the grandson of the founder of Goldman Sachs.

As a result he eventually made it big in the business industry, with his contributions made to Goldman Sachs, turning the meager partnership into the leading investment bank in the world. Even though Weinberg was not a financial wizard, he made up the difference with excellent social skills, overcoming his adversity. The fact that he would brag about having a low class education or the fact that he was an outsider to the business world, thus not being corrupted by the insider’s point of view, attracted a lot of business partners to him. His constant boasting of being an underprivileged individual, paid off because it allowed him to be an open minded individual, so that he could better connect with people of the wealthy crowd.

Adversity is the key factor in what drives people to that ultimate goal of success, especially when dealing with the competitive nature that is the lifestyle of New York. However due to the nature of adversity, it steadily reduces the number of competition around an individual as the trail or tests get even strenuous and more difficult, to separate the mentally focused from the ones who break under pressure. The city of New York is the success that it is today, due to the fact that it prospers from this competition, because it helps bring about the best personnel well adapted to the city’s aggressive standard of living.

Works Cited

1)      http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/11/10/081110fa_fact_gladwell?currentPage=1

2)      Godin, Seth. “The Dip: a little book that teaches you when to quit (and when to stick)”. New York: Penguin Books, 2007.