Reframing our perceptions and the power of the underdog


The holidays are one of my favorite times of year. The season affords me the chance to see family and friends and to do things I am often too busy to accomplish during the course of the year. The several-day respite is also a great opportunity to read books that have been gathering dust on my nightstand for the past few months.

I am an avid Malcolm Gladwell fan. I kicked off Thanksgiving weekend by reading his latest book, “David and Goliath,” in which he provides an intriguing commentary on this biblical story and other similar tales and discusses the value to society of lopsided conflicts and our frequent misperceptions about them.

He also explores the surprising success rate of underdogs and how the majority views on concepts such as power, strength, competition, advantage, opportunity and disability are often not based in reality. As with Gladwell ’s other works, he brings a provocative clarity and insight to his discussions and he leaves readers considering how these perspectives impact interpretations of their own life experiences...

Originally published in the Law Bulletin Publishing Company - December 30, 2013.

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