David and goliath book summary
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell – review
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The book focuses on the probability of improbable events occurring in situations where one outcome is greatly favored over the other. The book contains many different stories of these underdogs who wind up beating the odds, the most famous being the story of David and Goliath. David and Goliath employs individual case studies and comparison to provide a wide range of examples where perceived major disadvantages in fact turn out to be the keys to the underdog Davids' triumph against Goliath-like opponents or situations. In one arc, Gladwell cites various seeming afflictions that may in fact have significantly contributed to success, linking dyslexia with the high-flying career of lawyer David Boies , and the loss of a parent at an early age with the exceptional research work of oncologist Emil J. These anecdotal lessons are anchored by references to research in the social sciences. Critical response to David and Goliath was largely negative.
Sometimes what we think is an advantage becomes a disadvantage — and vice versa where a weakness becomes a strength as we learn to compensate against it. To win against the Giants, the Davids need to adopt different strategies. Adopt a different strategy to win — We are attracted to stories of lopsided conflicts — where the underdog battles through and wins against the odds. But in real life, we often mis-read the odds, assuming they are heavily stacked against them. Furthermore, to win as an underdog you need belief that you can win — and this often comes from having a higher purpose.
M alcolm Gladwell's new book promises to turn your view of the world upside down. We all think we know what happened when David took on Goliath: the little guy won. Gladwell thinks we all have it wrong, and opens his new book with a retelling of that story. Our mistake is to assume it's a story about the weak beating the powerful with the help of pluck and guile and sheer blind faith. But as Gladwell points out, it was Goliath who was the vulnerable one. He was a giant, which made him slow, clumsy and probably half-blind double vision is a common side-effect of an excess of human growth hormone.