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David Vs Goliath
A Story of Resilience and Growth
He was 15 years old, a weak, thin young man with a mediocre weapon. All the odds were against him; the morale was down, and his people were in trouble. Big trouble.
The armies had gathered to battle. One morning, a giant warrior named Goliath came forward to taunt them. He challenged them to fight him.
No wonder—Goliath was huge! He was almost 10 feet (3 m) tall. He also wore a large brass helmet and heavy armor. He had an enormous shield, spear, and sword.
Goliath challenged them to fight. No one dared to face him.
Until a young boy named David came along.
David arrived at the camp to deliver supplies when he heard Goliath’s shouts. He was surprised to see soldiers flee in terror. When it became clear that everyone was too afraid to fight, David volunteered to face Goliath.
David was told that there was no way he could defeat Goliath—he was too young. Yet he knew something they didn’t: his strength came not from his body but from his God.
We face “Goliaths” too.
Building an international brand that locals love to associate with is a Goliath
Handling angry customers and turning them to advocate is a Goliath
Acquiring new customers while improving our retention is a Goliath
Improving our funnel by having a seamless experience is a Goliath
Having more brands to sell with competitive prices is a Goliath
Achieving double the revenue of last year is a Goliath
Quickly Improving our tech and data is a Goliath
Here are three truths David knew that helped him defeat his Goliath. And they can help us defeat ours too.
1. Believe that winning is possible
When everyone told David he couldn’t fight Goliath, David wasn't shaken by what people said; he believed he could win and gave his all. Same for us, we should believe that achieving the targets is the only outcome, despite the challenges we face.
2. Prioritize execution
David went to a nearby brook and found five smooth stones. He put the stones in his bag along with his sling. David then went to meet Goliath.
All we have is all we need; we should use everything in our arsenal to hit our targets.
3. Exhibiting Courage
When Goliath saw David, he made fun of David’s young age. He cursed and threatened him. David, however, was unimpressed and unafraid. So we should face every day coming out of our comfort zone and getting closer to our targets.
Achieving the impossible is worth it.
You probably already know what happened next. David pulled a stone from his bag and put it in his sling. He flung the rock, and it struck Goliath’s forehead. Goliath fell. When the army saw their champion defeated, they fled for their lives.
It is essential to remind ourselves of the story of David and Goliath; as we work in a high-growth environment, we must have the values of belief, quality execution, and courage installed in every action we take.