But, when we have those three (skill, talent, preparation) combined with self-confidence, usually the fear of failure would be to a lesser extent compared to without those three.

There is a saying in Tamil, "Ilam Kandru Bayam Ariyadhu", which means "A young calf have no fear". Sometimes, this could work in a person's favor as was the case in the story, David vs. Goliath with David winning over Goliath. But, even there, David would not have won, if not for his skill, ability to throw stones accurately, and playing to his strength.

There is an interesting perspective presented by Malcolm Gladwell to this story. Though I liked his version, the one aspect where I beg to differ is that David, as presented in the story, was a young kid with not much exposure or experience. Expecting David to plan well ahead on the art of battle against Goliath appears a bit questionable. Moreover, as presented in the fight scene in the movie, David offered to fight right before the battle, which would not have given him sufficient time to plan for the battle.

For that reason, I believe that David was more of a young calf without fear, who fortunately happened to excel in what he did that worked to his favor in the battlefield.

Originally shared by Michael Rayel

It’s the fear of failure that will fail you, not your skill, talent, or preparation.
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