is your disadvantage actually an advantage?

October 11, 2013

Good Friday morning to you!

I assume most of you are familiar of the story of David and Goliath. Where the young, inexperienced shepherd boy with no armor and armed with a sling and five rocks goes up against the battle hardened giant Goliath. Not only was Goliath a giant he was an experienced warrior, heavily armored and well armed. David should be toast right? Well, we know God was with David so Goliath was toast anyway, but Malcolm Gladwell shares a different perspective on this story in his book David and Goliath – one that I have heard before.

What if we look at it this way – instead of an inexperienced, vulnerable shepherd boy, you actually see a highly mobile (unencumbered by heavy armor). hard to hit young man that is highly experienced in using one of the deadliest medium range weapons of that time – the sling.  Supposedly a properly launched rock would impact with near the velocity of a bullet.

Instead of an invincible warrior, you see an older man with vision problems, weighed down by heavy armor, with short-range weapons and while greatly experienced, that experience is in the conventional warfare of that time and not adapted to handle the new tactics employed by David.

So who really had the advantage in this fight? Watch Gladwell’s Ted Talk on this story.

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Now my question for you – are you laboring under the perception of some disadvantage you might have? Would a different perspective turn that disadvantage into an advantage?

Maybe that’s worth thinking about?

Have a great weekend!
BG