A good friend sent me this video of Malcolm Gladwell talking at Google and presenting his new book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.
The talk starts with a different way of understanding the biblical fight between David and Goliath:
– the sling that David had was capable of great accuracy and of a similar impact as a .45 caliber bullet
– Goliath was probably almost blind and slow moving.
This means that, basically, the guy with the best technology and speed won. As it should :)
Watch the one hour presentation below. Another interesting thing is that Malcolm Gladwell was the first person to participate in the now famous Google talks :)
P.S.: a similar idea to what this guy is saying I’ve seen described in Brad Gilbert’s “Winning Ugly” book about tennis. It is a good read even if you are not a tennis enthusiast.
And, not related to this, I forgot to hit Publish on this post yesterday, so I am publishing it today (even if with an earlier date, to fit into Saturday Video).
Although I’m a bit skeptical about how Malcolm Gladwell is choosing the examples in his books, “The Tipping Point” and “Outliers” are two of the most interesting books I’ve ever read.
He really knows how to write an easy-to-read interesting bestseller book :)