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David And Goliath: Introduction by Malcolm Gladwell

Consumed => “David And Goliath: Introduction” by Malcolm Gladwell.

=> Key takeaway (page 6)…

“Through these stories, I want to explore two ideas. The first is that much of what we consider valuable in our world arises out of these kinds of lopsided conflicts, because the act of facing overwhelming odds produces greatness and beauty. And second, that we consistently get these kinds of conflicts wrong. We misread them. We misinterpret them. Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give them strength are often the source of great weakness. And the fact of being an underdog can change people in ways that we often fail to appreciate: it can open doors and create opportunities and educate and enlighten and make possible what might otherwise seemed unthinkable. We need a better guide o facing giants—and there is no better place to start that journey than with the epic confrontation between David and Goliath three thousand years ago in the Valley of Elah.”

[Disclaimer: I am not a Malcolm Gladwell fan, per se. Typically I find his approach entertaining but often somewhat thin on facts. One study does not a trend make. That said, he is influential. As a result I believe sometimes knowing what others might be thinking can be important. It also makes for great cocktail party fodder.]

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