She studied literature, mathematics, history, philosophy, French, German, Italian, Greek, and Latin, in great detail (Nightingale, 2002).
Engrossing herself in her studies, she paid little mind to the social expectations her mother had for her.
More than 150 years later, after the Crimean War ended with an allied win at the Treaty of Paris, author Malcolm Gladwell wrote about the historically successful people in , and claimed, “If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination you can shape the world with your desires.” (Gladwell, 2009 p.151 ).
Florence Nightingale was a rebel in her era, and as time has elapsed society has learned that “well-behaved women seldom make history”(Ulrich, 2008).
Nightingale also had the opportunity to converse with other brilliant minds, as well as affluent social reformers, because of her social connections (Nightingale, 2002).
These connections gave her insight on the needs of the outside world and inspired more curiosity and desire to help beyond her elite social circle and its neighboring villages (Nightingale, 2002).
Nightingale had a unique set of opportunities that became foundational to her life’s work.
Nightingale chose to take advantage of some of the luxuries she was given, but also chose to leave some behind.
Author Malcolm Gladwell wrote the New York Times #1 national bestseller in which he outlines the key traits that form the individuals who are the most successful.
Florence Nightingale embodies many of these traits, including entitlement, hard work, 10,000 hours, and meaningful work.