David & Goliath
You might envision David versus Goliath as a story of a weak shepherd defeating a mighty warrior. However, it turns out that’s not what the story is about at all. Take a look at the story again. First, Goliath can’t see. He has to call out to David in order to fight him. At a glance, you may think that’s simply because he can’t see them, but big competitors’ perceived advantages can often mask their even bigger disadvantages. Next, Goliath is powerless. David is a lowly shepherd boy, but is also the only person in the story who realizes that heavy armor weighs a warrior down. Finally, David is deadly. One big misconception is that David goes into battle with “only a sling” which most believe to be a tiny, toy slingshot. However, that’s not what David has at all. Instead, he’s carrying a sling, which is a simple effective weapon that armies used in battle and shepherds like David used to protect their flock. That’s why David is able to walk right up to Goliath and kill him with a single shot to the head. The lesson isn’t simply that when a powerful competitor takes on a smaller one, the small one might nevertheless win. Instead, great leaders understand that the real keys to battle are sometimes obscured by our misconceptions. Perceiving them correctly can amount to a Goliath-sized advantage.