"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost

December 29, 2013

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (Part Two and Three) (3)

Morning guys <3
I know you've been waiting for this :3. Yes yes we're gonna talk about the second. and also the last part (it turns out that there's actually three parts of it, so yeah) of the book. If you want to read the previous two, go here and here. :)

So let's see... On the Introduction we've read the David and Goliath story and our eyes were opened by Gladwell on part One. We've learnt, so far, that underdogs can win. That we can't just underestimate those who look like below us. Or the other way around, we can't underestimate ourselves for everyone has their own strength and uniqueness. Underdogs can win. We are big fish in small pond.

Part Two is titled "The Theory of Desirable Difficulty" and consists of three chapters: chapter 4, 5 and 6.

On Chapter 4: David Boies, we are brought to look for what dyslexia really means. To be honest, I first knew how dyslexics' brains are developed, and it's kind of amazing how God has given us our own kind of strengths and weaknesses.

Dyslexia is usually considered asa weakness. Dyslexics can't read easily. That's why at first other people think they're dumb. They are not. As written in the book, when dyslexics were just fetus, their nerve cells should've spread onto the right areas of the brains, just like the chess game., but because of some reasons, those cells got lost on their journey. Anyhow, dyslexia can also be the weapon for success, as in this book, we'll see how some dyslexics are really successful.

David Boies became a lawyer by developing his ability to hear, to listen. He used to learn law thingy by listening to the lecturers.

Brian Glazer is also a dyslexic. He mostly got F and D in school, so then he found a way and decided to talk with his teachers everytime they told him his subjects' grades. It turns out that his grades were actually changeable, his Ds became Cs, his Cs became Bs (because his teachers realized that he's actually not dumb.) He developed his ability --his strength-- to express his opinion. He is now one of the most successful film producers in Hollywood.

Gary Cohn, also a dyslexic, took a really big risk by convincing a big person from major Wall Street brokerage firm that he knew everything about stock options. Cohn is now the president of Goldman Sachs.

What can we learn from this chapter? Well, one thing we should remember is that everyone --including those who are considered having weaknesses-- can be successful. We can choose to seek our own path rather than to accept the reality--the label people put to us.

Never belittle yourself for things you think are your weaknesses. Who knows it might be your strength? :)


On Chapter 5: Emil "Jay" Freireich, we'll learn about another "The Theory of Desirable Difficulty".

Jay Freireich's past was incredible. His father suicided when he was just a little boy. His mom worked in a hat factory, and he was babysitted by an Irish woman who he considered as his real mommy.

If I'm not mistaken, Jay Freireich is a well-known doctor who was one of the founders of leukimie's medicine. You see, your past --what could seem like a weakness-- can make you. Or break you. It's how you see it and response to it.


Chapter 6: Wyatt Walker

Wyatt Walker was one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s partners and he had joined King's move since 1950. Both King and Walker were underdogs. They were minority in environment where majority conquered.

But they've learbt some things from the majority and they used them as weapons to win the battle.


Part Three: The Limits of Power

Chapter 7: Rosemary Lawlor

Do you guys know about the Troubles? It's kind of a name of a fight between Christian and Catholic Irish, happened in North Ireland for almost --if I'm not mistaken-- thirty years.

When the fight got worse, the British sent a help--British army's goal was to neutralize the condition there. But then because most of the army was Christian, the Catholic Irish lost their hope on British. They didn't believe the British.

And they were right. The British army--commanded by General Freeland--happened to betray them, and ended up fighting them. The British army acted hard and harsh on them--hoping they'd be afraid and give up. But in fact, they were not afraid and they even fought.

You see, power need legitimation.


On Chapter 8: Wilma Derksen, we'll be given two stories. 

One is the story of Mike Reynolds, whose daughter, Kimber, was killed by two men. Reynolds promised to Kimber not to let everyone else suffer her and his pain, and then there came Three Strikes rule, which in the end turned out to be harmful, and be erased from the California's law.

And then there's story of Wilma Derksen, whose daughter, Candace, found dead and banded after gone for seven months.

At first the Derksens wanted to have a press conference--just like what Reynolds did. But when they got home, their house were full of people and there's this one man who warned them the danger of making their case go public. They could lose their life, he said.

So the Derksens thought about it for a while and decided to forgive the killer. They eventually saved their life.


Chapter 9: Andre Trocme

During the World War II, on 1940 France was conquered by Germany and many of Jewish people were caught and sent to death camp. It was Andre Trocme, a teacher from Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a small town in France who decvided to hide some Jewish people in gis city. And everybody in the city agreed.

Everybody there wasn't afraid of German's threat, and Trocme, publicly wrote a letter to Philippe Petain that he placed some of Jewish there.

The question is: why did German never beat down Le Chambon-sur-Lignon? Probably because--as written in the book-- fighting a city, or a nation, or a move is never easy.


Hi! You're at the end of the post. Of course reading this post won't make you know everything in David and Goliath book so I still suggest you to read it :3 May you are enlightened by the posts I made and good luck in life!
See ya :)

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