By - Jeremy Royster

Quest 2: The Underdog Advantage Copy

The Underdog Advantage with Malcolm Gladwell

People who are used to struggle are more likely to persevere through tough challenges.


Although reframing failure as a learning experience can make it less painful, it doesn’t, and shouldn’t make it easy.  Malcolm Gladwell made the case in Outliers:  The Story of Success that success requires perseverance in the face of difficult challenges:

“Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds.”  –Outliers

In his more recent book, David and Goliath:  Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, he describes how being “disadvantaged” can give you an edge.  To learn more, play Arcade Games:  The Underdog Advantage (below; ignore the green “Start” button ad) as/after you watch a compilation of relevant Gladwell clips (farther below):


More From Gladwell


Self Assess

Feel free to redo any of the games or activities until you perform to your satisfaction.   Refer to the Answer Key at your leisure.


Make Your Own Arcade Game Quiz

Make one of your own with at least 10 questions about any topic and share it here.  Then offer feedback about the game in the row above yours.  Don’t forget to check back for feedback you received!

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