Tuesday, May 05, 2009

How to compete when you are weaker than your opponents

David can beat Goliath by substituting effort for ability—and substituting effort for ability turns out to be a winning formula for underdogs in all walks of life, including little blond-haired girls on the basketball court.

That's the message from Malcolm Gladwell's latest piece in the New Yorker. As usual, you should read it for the vivid stories -- both fictional and real life -- that illustrate his thesis.


  1. Pipa said...

    I thought it was funny how he had picked Ranadive to illustrate his point.


    Vivek Ranadivé was puzzled by the way Americans played basketball. He is from Mumbai. He grew up with cricket and soccer. He would never forget the first time he saw a basketball game. He thought it was mindless.