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Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath is a collection of independent case studies each picked to further the thesis that much of what we perceive to be adverse situations, are in fact, platforms and opportunities that can thrust individuals into achieving both the spectacular as well as the unthinkable. The audiobook is narrated by Gladwell himself and begins with one of the Bible’s most famous stories: David and Goliath. A story about how a giant, undefeated in battle, named Goliath is faced with a fight to the death against a lowly shepherd named David. The victor of the fight gets to live while their army marches forward. The loser dies and their army goes on to serve the winners for the rest of their lives. Goliath is armed to the gills with a tunic made from fishlike scales, his arms and legs covered in bronze armor while he carries three heavy close contact weapons: a javelin made of bronze, a sword and a spear capable of piercing both bronze shields and armor alike. David is armed with a slingshot and 5 smooth stones. On paper it would seem to be heavily one sided, which in fact it is.
In a war, projectile warriors massively overpower infantry due to their ability to hit targets at extreme speeds such as 35 metres per second. And that is exactly what David does, when he shoots his stone straight at Goliath’s forehead — his only point of vulnerability — thus rendering him unconscious. When this happens, David is able to run up to Goliath and cut off his head. To most people, this would seem to be an extraordinary feat, yet it only gets more and more feasible the more you understand the situation.
Calvin Serrao is an actor, writer, producer, and creator of his own Youtube channel. His interests include Manchester United FC, Conor McGregor as well as all things food.