Right now, I’m reading the new book by Malcolm Gladwell, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.
Any book with the word “Misfit” in it already has my attention. A lot of you know that I’ve felt like a corporate misfit just about all my professional life. Maybe, in some ways, I still do.
But I’m jacked up about the comments I’ve received. A lot of folks are grooving with the message in the Manifesto.
But it also seems like a lot of folks are lost. They’re fed up with “the corporate system”. And they don’t know what they can do to buck this system.
So, this morning, as I was going through the emails and comments, I’m thinking about David and Goliath.
Gladwell’s book is about “what happens when ordinary people confront giants”. And by giants, he means any kind of big opponent that seems unbeatable. He tells stories of ordinary people, just like you and me, that faced outsized opponents and won.
These people are just like you and me. They question the status quo. They see injustices and they’re moved to take action. They don’t want to play by the rules. So they don’t.
Instead, they move into action with courage and conviction. And they just make things happen. Sometimes in their personal lives. Sometimes in their work, within the giants of the corporate systems.
This book is inspiring to me. I love this stuff. The story of the underdog, the David’s of the world, it juices me up.
But I also believe that there’s a bit of David in all of us. That when we face our giants, whether they are real or perceived, there’s a little something inside of us that wakes up.
It can be as quiet as a whisper or as loud as a roaring freight train. But we know when we hear the call.
The question is, are you going to answer?
Because I believe we all know what to do. We know the right thing to do. Not only that, if we’re speaking our truth, and we’re in touch with who we really are, deep down inside, we don’t have a choice.
We must face our giants.
I am certain that all of us were born into this world with a unique set of talents. Unique ideas. Unique ways of thinking. Unique ways of doing things. And that we all have a purpose we must pursue to open ourselves to our own brilliance.
We all have giants to face in our lives. And when we do come face to face with theses giants, we should take comfort. We should all celebrate the fact that we’re all right where we need to be, doing exactly what we need to do to learn the lessons we need to learn.
And, it is my hope, that in the moment, when you’re confronted by what you know is your truth. And you know you must take action as David did. Reach down, pick up a rock, take aim, and slay the beast.