David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

By Malcolm Gladwell


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When people come to the realization that their weaknesses can be their biggest strengths, they realize that they can move mountains. If we’ve learned anything from the story of David and Goliath, it’s that the underdog can slay the giant when he identifies his opponent’s weaknesses, and when he plays by his own rules. The very weaknesses that cause someone to feel like they don’t fit in or that they can’t win, can be the driving force for taking their stronger opponent by surprise and winning the game. Remember that the underdog only loses when he plays by the giants rules!



The prevailing tale of the underdog coming out on top, gives everyone hope, and proves that a person’s weaknesses are often their biggest strengths. The story of David and Goliath shows how important it is to break the rules in the giant’s game. When David fought Goliath, he found the giant’s weakness; his eye sight. Using his speed and maneuverability, he was able to avoid the giant’s sword and break the rules with the only weapon that would not be within the giant’s reach. Most people can’t seem to implement this lesson...


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