David and Goliath - What I've Learned

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ever since I was two years old and I got to dance in center court with the Phoenix Suns Gorilla during half time of a game, I have been a Suns fan. It hasn't always been easy over the years as they haven't always been the best team. Last year was one of the worst on record for the Suns and before this season even started, everyone was predicting they would finish in the bottom of the league. But after a series of smart switch-ups in talent and coaching, and with a good dose of encouragement, something extraordinary happened...they started winning. Last night in fact, the Suns took on the current best team in the league, the Indiana Pacers, and not only did they beat them, they beat them by a lot...124-100. Interestingly enough, in the Suns locker room that night it was discovered that every single player on the team had received a copy of "David and Goliath" by Malcolm Gladwell from one of the coaches. This book details how throughout history its been shown time and time again that underdogs and misfits not only have the power to triumph, but that the adversity they face makes their triumph that much greater.

Here's what I've learned from this story...regardless of how many stumbling blocks you've come across in your lifetime, or how many years you've been stumbling on them, with a few smart switches in your normal routine, and the encouragement to stand up to all of the naysayers and your own fears, you can accomplish great things. And the fact that your journey wasn't easy will make your victory lap that much sweeter.

So I'll be downloading "David and Goliath" on my tablet tonight. If you've read it before, let me know what you thought of it. If you'd like to start reading it with me, I'm happy to discuss it with you. But beyond books and basketball, allow me to paraphrase Nelson Mandela...courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. Be courageous Sparkfriends emoticon
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    I love this blog! So insightful and inspiring, thank you very much for sharing.

    One of my favorite quotes along this line is from Marianne Williamson. Well, I guess it's too long to be a quote- one of my favorite passages from a book then.

    "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

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