The Underdog

We all love a good story of the Underdog winning and coming out on top, but do we still see the magic in the story when we start to uncover and see all the details and influencing factors for their win?

Malcom Gladwell has single handily re-popularize the story of David and Goliath unveiling the very probable truth of Goliath and what put David in a position to conquer the giant. Now that we know more of the details, is the story still compelling and inspiring?

The Book of Mormon war chapters are filled with underdog stories. Armies that greatly outnumber the other side, yet the outnumbered army comes out victorious due to ingenious strategy. The victorious underdogs attribute their success to God, yet their opponents claim that it is just good strategy. The play by play details leading up to their success are right there in print. So is it strategy or is it God? Is their win still inspiring or is it just a story about winning a war unconventionally?

Are we just looking at the underdog situation wrong? Are we to quick to conclude what is and isn’t an advantage and a disadvantage?

With one battle the Nephites were greatly outnumbered, being outnumbered is commonly seen as a disadvantage. But the Nephites had armor which the Lamanites did not. The armor makes the difference, it puts the Nephites in the advantage and the Lamanites at a disadvantage. The number of people in the army can be an advantage, but it won’t always in every situation be an advantage.

Malcom Gladwell pressures us to consider this great question: “When we see the giant, why do we automatically assume the battle is his for the winning? And what does it take to be that person who doesn’t accept the conventional order of things as a given ?

Malcom Gladwell, David and Goliath, pg. 25

It’s about figuring out your strengths and finding ways to use them in your advantage. It’s also being aware of your disadvantages.

August 6, 2019

Today: 30 min

Total: 3 hrs