All it takes is a few people to start a movement, but what happens when the movement is in the wrong direction? It's easy to get behind ideas that resonate with us, but what does it take to correct these misled movements?
Malcolm Gladwell's latest book David and Goliath teaches us about the perceived underdogs that take on the status quo, and although they were laughed at and doubted for their new and sometimes radical ideas, how their thinking and actions were nothing short of carefully planned and calculated solutions to the obstacles they faced.
"Once an underdog claims success, do they remain labeled as an underdog or do they become the new standard?"
If we take another look at the story of David's fight against the giant Goliath, we can see that it wasn't so much that David was an underdog based on his physical ability, but that the doubt surrounding him was caused by the crowd's focus on the idea that the fight needed to be won in close quarters combat. While Goliath was calling for a challenger, both the crowd and Goliath assumed a brute would come forward and fight. To their surprise, David came forward. David had no intention on fighting in close quarters. Using his skills as a slings-man, he knew he could kill Goliath from a distance. This concept had never entered the crowd's mind. Their close-minded thinking is what labeled him as an underdog in this fight.
Problem solving takes someone who knows how to analyze a situation beyond the influence of others, no matter how far their social influence reaches. Gladwell's book David and Goliath shines light on these problem solvers who stood against the misled movements of their time. Analyzing both sides of the coin, he shows us how problems are often misinterpreted, and how the underdogs come in to remedy those misinterpretations. If you haven't picked up a copy already, I highly recommend you do so.