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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
To be or not to be a Goliath? It’s an almost Shakespearian question. We all aspire to become giants, associating this concept with greatness and success.
But are we wrong to do that? Read on and browse some nuggets if you’re searching for an answer.
Malcolm Gladwell’s book, David, and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, is ready to provide you with some wise words on this topic.
You may think that the basis of Gladwell’s book is the biblical story of David and Goliath. I also bet that at least one thought crossed your mind: is this book about choosing what you want to become: a giant or the small fellow?
MYTHS ABOUT WEAKNESS / DAVID AND GOLIATH
“David and Goliath Summary”
You’d be right on the first point. Inspired by the biblical story, Malcolm Gladwell creates the modern mindset story. It’s a story about underestimating, overestimating, focusing on the wrong or right goals and choosing our models.
I dare to tell you the conclusion: being a giant may be a great disadvantage. Being a giant makes you slow, makes you a large target. Makes you think you’re invincible. But reality will hit you at some point: you are just weak.
Many years ago in the territory of today’s Palestine, a battle occurred. This conflict reshaped the concept of warfare in history. According to some this story is just a myth, to others a real one, it is all up to you. Young shepherd boy defeated a mighty ancient warrior using only a stone and small sling, since then, people tell this story about David and Goliath to motivate others that everyone has a chance. Defy the odds regardless of your underdog status, become David’s miracle and victory; fight for what you deserve.
Here’s the thing:
If you don’t believe in the trustworthiness of David and Goliath story, you should at least try to comprehend its point. We support Malcolm Gladwell view which indicates – obstacles occur along the path exists and the people should turn those disadvantages, into their advantage by changing the interpretation of the problem.
Gladwell starts with the simple explanations of what really happened that day. If you lack curiousness and fantasy, perhaps this book won’t fit you. You should be an enthusiastic person, eager to learn, to understand, to listen and most importantly to believe as David did all those years ago. From there, David and Goliath story analyze many new troubles like civil rights struggles, cancer researchers, political conflicts, civil wars, bankruptcy, etc.
The little fellow has, from the beginning, the great advantage of being underestimated. He’s fast, slips easily through the enemy’s net. He’s eager to learn more and aspires to become stronger. In other words, he’s a difficult target.
Do you want to find out how the modern mindset fits in the biblical story? Start by checking out the nuggets below, and then read Malcolm Gladwell’s book, David, and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.
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