In the list of reviews I do, those in the non-fiction archive are far and few between. Not that I don’t enjoy reading books other than fiction. But after coming out of more than twenty years of self-imposed reading exile, I don’t often come across something I want to spend my time on. But a couple of weeks ago I came across an interview between Stephen Fry and Malcom Gladwell (which to my chagrin, I’d never heard of) talking about the premise for ‘David & Goliath’.
“The world we could have is so much richer than the world we have settled for.” ― Malcom Gladwell
In the interview Fry asks Gladwell what was the premise behind the book?Gladwell went on to say that despite of, or because of ,what society has coined, ‘handicaps’ or ‘sociologically disadvantaged’ individuals or communities, there are times when it is the very things that should have disqualified them from success, that actually became the impetus to overcome where others might have failed.
Two ideas from the book which had a significant impact on me were first: the historical revelation surrounding the story of David and Goliath; and the concept of Big Pond, Little Fish, versus Little Pond, Big Fish.
Now I’m not going to do a spoiler alert by telling what those two things mean. But I will say that if you’re planning to start your own business or trying to decide whether to take a leap of faith or even whether you’ve got what it takes to succeed, I highly recommend you read the book.
As thinker’s go, Gladwell takes brilliant quantitative thoughts and then rearranges them in terms that are easy to understand, without becoming a condescending…. well you know what I’m talking about. And in the process, he teases his reader out of their narrow worldviews by convincing them to take a second look.
On my readers scale of 1-5 stars, I’m giving David & Goliath, The Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art OF Battling Giants, 4 stars.