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Social Determinants of Health by Grace Moffat

"The tallest oak in the forest is the tallest not just because it grew from the hardiest acorn; it is the tallest also because no other trees blocked its sunlight, the soil around it was deep and rich, no rabbit chewed through its bark as a sapling, and no lumberjack cut it down before it matured."

This is one of my favourite quotes written by Malcolm Gladwell. This analogy uses the analogy of a tree to explain how people succeed. He argues that there is no such thing as innate talent. People are successful because of a variety of hidden advantages. In the case of the oak tree, it grew tall not because the seed was special but because it had no barriers of sunlight and grew in excellent conditions. It relation to people, the most successful people become successful because there are no roadblocks along the way, they grew up in wealthy, upper class families and nothing limited their ability to prosper. In contrast, people who don’t succeed internalize their failure as not working hard enough. They do not recognize that they are not on a level playing field. Enactus works to limit the gap between the upper and lower classes to provide equitable opportunities to all members of our community.

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