So guys! On a chance encounter, I learnt about Malcolm Gladwell and how thought-provoking his writing was. I looked him up on TED Talk and sure enough I fell in love. Here are 10 lessons learnt from Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath.
- Your acknowledged strength can also be the source of your biggest weakness.
- You don’t have to play the same game that everyone else is playing. As a smaller opponent, you are likely to lose. Use the most unexpected strategy.
- What is considered an advantage can quickly become a disadvantage.
- Making choices should never be the simple case of selecting a best option and a second-best option. It should be a choice between two very different options, each with its own strengths and drawbacks. There are times and places where it is better to be a Big Fish in a Little Pond than a Little Fish in a Big Pond, where the apparent disadvantage of being an outsider in a marginal world turns out not to be a disadvantage at all.
- Being born or faced with disadvantages can force you to develop skills that would have otherwise lain dormant.
- When you experience what you had first feared, you stop being afraid of being afraid. That’s when the exhilaration kicks in. You have faced fear and won.
- It is possible to emerge from the darkest hell healed and restored.
- Forgiveness is as powerful as revenge. It is up to you to decide the kind of impact you want that power to have.
- Challenge the status quo. It is not always right and rarely ever break barriers!
- The powerful are not as powerful as they seem – nor the weak as weak.
So tell me, what are your thoughts on lessons highlighted above?