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David’s Advantage Over Goliath

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In this interesting TED Talk by well-known author and speaker Malcolm Gladwell, he explores the classic story of David and Goliath from the Bible. Using this well-known story of the underdog, Gladwell shares his thoughts on the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. I think you’ll find this video enjoyable and full of great insights.

Gladwell’s new book, appropriately entitled David and Goliath, further expands his thoughts on the topic. Here’s a description found on his website:

We all know that underdogs can win–that’s what the David versus Goliath legend tells us, and we’ve seen it with our own eyes. Or have we? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed. Gladwell examines the battlefields of Northern Ireland and Vietnam, takes us into the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, and digs into the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms–all in an attempt to demonstrate how fundamentally we misunderstand the true meaning of advantages and disadvantages. When is a traumatic childhood a good thing? When does a disability leave someone better off? Do you really want your child to go to the best school he or she can get into? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of one profession after another marked by deprivation and struggle?

Drawing upon psychology, history, science, business, and politics, David and Goliath is a beautifully written book about the mighty leverage of the unconventional. Millions of readers have been waiting for the next Malcolm Gladwell book. That wait is over.

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