Do you know that King Saul, an experienced warrior in the battle field could not dare to fight Goliath, that is how dreadful the sight and sound of Goliath was. The bible says for forty days, He, Goliath bullied, harassed every inch of confidence out of the Israelites, to the point that, they even forgot whose army they were.
Most people fail in life not because they lack the strength or skill, they fail because they lost confidence of what they have, who they are and whose they are.
David had this understanding, he didn’t allow Goliath’s threats or the state of mind of Isreal army make him forget that he was in the camp of the army of the living God, he didn’t allow his age and inexperience in battle field discourage him. He didn’t allow his elder brother’s verbal assault make him forget he once killed a lion and a bear.
One would wonder why Eliab David’s elder brother reacted in that manner to the words of a child that has no experience in the battle field. He could have waved it off as a mere musings of a child. Note, he didn’t discourage David from fighting Goliath because he is too young, because he is their last born, because they don’t want to lose him…It was more of, how dare you come to the battle field to rub shoulders with us? You are a just Shepherd boy not a warrior and he tagged him proud and naughty.
The world is full of people like Eliab, people who want your zeal, confidence, strength, resilience but would tag you overzeolus, cocky, egoistic just to discourage you from achieving that goal.
When you meet such characters, be like David, focus on the price, not the challenge. The reward of the king for killer of Goliath was David’s focus, every other issues were distractions he needed to starve, so he can feed his focus
While we applaud David for such confidence, let us not forget that he recognized his weakness alongside his strength. Of course it was a glorious moment being kitted in the king’s armour and holding the king’s sword. But he knew he was more powerful with his most acquainted, most conversant weapon, his stave and stones; so he went for the later.
No matter how glorious/classy you look with/in it, what works for others might not work work for you, stick to what you know. It might look too simple but simple does it most time.
Finally, If you want to live a normal life, play safe, remain in your comfort zone. But if you want to leave your footprints on the sands of time, dare the impossible, risk that failure, that is the only way you will maximize your potentials.
Brace up! Your breakthrough might be tied to that “impossibility” you are running from.