“Amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.”
In Breakdown: The Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of Heenan Blaikie, Norman Bacal writes about his experience at the law firm Heenan Blaikie. At times Heenan Blaikie was the underdog in Toronto. At other times, Heenan Blaikie was one of the giants. Both sizes had its advantages and disadvantages.
The book reminded me of the book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell. In David and Goliath, Gladwell questions the notion that bigger is always better and submits the following:
- There are a set of advantages that have to do with material resources and a set of advantages that have to do with the absence of material resources.
- Wealth contains the seeds of its own destruction.
- We don’t spend enough time thinking about ways material advantages limit our options.
- When we see a giant, why do we assume the battle is his for the winning?
- Some individuals with a serious disability may not be able to a master a certain goal of theirs, but those who do are better off than they would have been otherwise. Because that which is learned out of necessity is more powerful than that which comes easily.
(Views are my own and do not reflect the views of any organization.)