Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Advantage #1: Because David was small, he fought from a distance -- not up close where Goliath was expecting.
Advantage #2: Because David was not relying on a sword, he used the sling shot which allowed him to hit Goliath in the head from a safe distance.
Advantage #3: Because David was not carrying any heavy armor, he was able to run quickly after knocking Goliath down, pick up Goliath's sword and chop of his head all before Goliath had a chance to figure out what the heck just happened.
In other words, a "disadvantage" or an "advantage" really depends on your perspective. Moreover, sometimes when life throws us a disadvantage, that disadvantage causes us to take different paths towards our goals that most other people don't have to take which, interestingly enough, can cause us to become more successful than most other people. Stated differently, when you are forced to do things the hard way then you tend to become even better at what you do than the rest of the people around you who were able to do things the easy way. In support of this proposition, Gladwell offers the fact that over a third of the most successful Fortune 500 CEO's and start-up entrepreneurs out there have dyslexia. Dyslexia is, of course, a reading disorder that makes it more difficult for people to read and write. However, what Gladwell found was that because people with dyslexia have to try even harder at every day life than those of us who don't have dsylexia, it causes them to become very successful in other critical areas that can lead to business/financial success such as listening, memorizing and thinking quickly on your feet.
I'd be interested to hear what folks think about this concept.
Can you recall achieving a milestone in your life that is usually difficult for others but that came easier for you because of a disadvantage that you have been forced to deal with?