GRE Essay Topic 310 - Present your perspective on the issue below, "Most people recognize the benefits of individuality, but the fact is that personal economic success requires conformity."
In this memorandum, the author reaches the conclusion that Apogee should close down field offices and conduct all its operations from a single location. To support this conclusion, the author claims that Apogee company was more profitable in the past when all its operations were in one location. ...
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Individuality is a very important aspect of today's culture especially here in America. People boast of individuality as a key component for the foundation of today's successful society. Some people have gained success through conformity and standardization while others have gone against the grain to seek their own path. In addition to most of us realizing the benefits of individuality, we would also agree that personal economic success does not require conformity.
There are many self made millionaires today than ever before. These are people who made their wealth through following a proven road to success. For instance, people in the real estate business made quite a lot of money before the crash by following the proven ideology of buying, flipping and selling property. Conformity here shows that when you follow a proven path, you will get rewarded through returns on investment that resulted in the housing market boom of the early 2000s. But it also follows that that proven road originated from someone who did not follow the norm and was original enough to come up with that formula. Look at Donald Trump for example: multi-millionaire through real estate who has curved a niche for himself through individual branding of himself. This shows that although one can achieve personal economic growth through conformity, individuality is a more proven way than conformity to achieve economic success.
Although conformity can bring about personal economic growth, the biggest names that we can think of in terms of personal economic success would be such names as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. These are individuals that have not conformed to the ordinary path of education, good career and then success. In fact, Bill Gates dropped out of university and so did some of the most successful entrepreneurs today such as the Facebook president. They have become very successful for inventing or designing something that was not available before. This has not happened with conformity as far as personal economic success is concerned.
In conclusion, as much as people recognize the value of individualism, it also follows that personal economic success does not require conformity. The examples provided of the very successful businessman;Trump, Gates and Jobs clearly shows that in order to achieve great personal economic success, one has to take the individuality route and not conform to social norms. This will lead to meadiocrity in terms of success and in order to achieve higher levels of personal economic success, one has to become the anomaly.