A New Spin on an Old Story

A New Spin on an Old Story

We have probably all heard the story of David vs. Goliath right?  I won’t recap all of it, but essentially a young, small shepherd boy defeats a giant warrior no one else will face on the battle field.  It’s inspirational stuff.

I grew up thinking that D vs G was a story about overcoming great diversity when the odds are stacked against you.  I mean here we’ve got this young shepherd boy David who tends sheep and is not a warrior.  As his opposition, we have Goliath.  Now, Goliath we understand is a giant human that most people are terrified of.  He is a warrior, and due to his size no one has the courage to face him on the battle field.  No wonder this story has earned the reputation of being an underdog tale.

Last year I read a very interesting book on success by an author named Malcom Gladwell.  Gladwell is a studier.  He doesn’t take things like success or underdog stories at their surficial quality.  Gladwell chooses to investigate and study topics that interest him and uncover hidden pieces of information that are not readily apparent.

For instance, in his latest work he examines the story of David vs. Goliath.  Instead of seeing Goliath’s size as his asset, he wonders why he’s so big and finds out that perhaps his size also contains sources of weakness.  He also takes a close look at the weapon David used to defeat Goliath.  I’ve always thought of it as nothing more than a simple, silly sling.  As it turns out, that sling is quite the weapon.

If you have 15 minutes, check out this video.  Malcom gives a quick overview of what’s in his book and it’ll give you an idea of how he chooses to think about life.

We’ve all got a Goliath, and I’d argue more likely we all have several Goliath(s).  In the gym Goliath’s are deadlifting 2x bodyweight, doing a handstand pushup, and for almost everyone getting that first strict pullup on the bar without a band.  My challenge (myself included) is to get acquainted with our adversary.  Goliath(s) can be conquered, and oftentimes once we clearly define them and get to know them, they aren’t as bad as we thought they were.  As the matter of fact, once I overcome a Goliath it seems like I look back and wonder why I thought that was so difficult in the first place.

A good first step to overcoming your Goliath is to face it.  Let’s hear it in the comments.

Note: These can be gym related, life related, serious, humorous or other

My Goliath(s) are: spiders, a 225 pound snatch, and a time within 30 sec of T$$’s for the day’s workout.

The O-Board Says…

A. 10×1 power clean
(new set every :90 seconds)
**Last Did 9/9 CLICK HERE**

B. 5 Rounds for Time
400m run
7- power cleans (85% of 1rm)

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