Often, when I’m reading a book, I look for the lessons I can apply to other facets of my life. Usually, I go through one of a few major personal themes: family, marriage, parenting, health, close relationships, or Krav Maga.

Malcolm Gladwell’s, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, is just such a book. The author uncovers the many methods the underdog has achieved victory in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds throughout history. The book is well researched, clever, instructional, and a worthy read.

I’ve found the application to everyday life and Krav Maga training has been extensive. I’ve shared several ideas from the book with other instructors and students – and the feedback has been all positive. Don’t miss an opportunity the see the world and it’s many challenges from the perspective of the victorious underdog!

The story starts, as its book jacket reads, with perhaps the most well known underdog story of all time – David versus Goliath:

Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David’s victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn’t have won.Or should he have?

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

Bottom line…read this book. You’ll love it!

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