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John Obidi.


Study the relevance of the above factors and you’ll start getting somewhere.


This article is replete with biblical references. If you prefer to allude to a different religious text or none at all, just see this as a history lesson. It’s valuable either way.


If you’re going to become a lifelong student of success, you must practice your ability to read beyond what is written, hear more than what is spoken and interpret the elusive connections between action and reaction.

These abilities have got me far along and I’ll use them in tandem to unlock a success secret for you.

First of all, I must define success – my adopted meaning of success. Whenever I write about success, I get all sorts of reactions and over time, I’ve come to understand why.

I have my idea of success and others have theirs.

My vision for success is the freedom and power to utilize my genius unhindered, at the highest conceivable levels of artistic expression, influence, recognition and rewardability.

So I can understand why someone whose idea of success is to make 1 million Naira, buy Benz and live in Ikoyi will come into my comments section and be typing ‘I disagree’.

We are not the same. There are hundreds of posts written by your kind. Go there and comment ‘I agree’.


If however you are of a kindred spirit as me, you must see yourself as a Daniel – the biblical Daniel. He was taken into captivity in Babylon, but was STILL so skilled at the craft of insight that he was made the chief of magicians.

Imagine being so good that people assume it has to be magic.

Follow closely as I unearth a major key for you.

There are many who embody the excellent spirit of Daniel, but remain obscure because they haven’t learned how to take credit for it.

If you must excel as a Daniel in the 3rd world, you must learn to take credit.

The religious aphorism of not letting your right hand know what your left hand is doing, is not applicable in this specific context.

“He who must profit from the excellent spirit of Daniel, must exhibit the wit, wisdom and craftiness of David.” – John Obidi

What do I mean by wit, wisdom and craftiness of David? Shebi John Obidi has come again with all his plenty writings.

It’s good like that. The curious people have by now gotten tired of reading and scrolled away to banter on an easier matter like Game of Thrones or whether Manchester United should have stuck with Jose Mourinho.

On this post, I’ll perform an exegesis on the popular Bible Story – David and Goliath, using it to reveal hidden lessons that will aid your quest for success.

What we assume is that David supernaturally defeated Goliath with a supernatural stone and instantly became famous.

Please pause what you think you know, and humour my train of thought.


The records say that David defended his father’s livestock from lions and bears. The records did not say how.

The problem is that when some read biblical accounts, it is with almost zero regard to the science, and so everything is attributed to an unseen force of fate.

Bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell did the research and documented it in his book “David and Goliath”.

Ancient Israel had 3 army divisions – Infantry (foot soldiers), Horsemen (including chariots) and Archers.

The archers were of 2 types – the ones who used the conventional bows and arrows and the ones who used slingshots.

Due to the cost of crafting bows of arrows, the slingshot became a popular weapon and even a sport.

Long before David was born, it was recorded in Judges 20:16 – “Among all these soldiers there were seven hundred select troops who were left-handed, each of whom could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.”

The sling was a deadly long range weapon in the hands of a skilled person.

This was the skill that the young David had cultivated all those years in the wilderness.

Seeing that he was just a boy and it was never recorded that he had superhuman strength like Samson, it’s safe to surmise that he used this weapon to engage the lions and bears from long range.


The young David was sent by his father to take some food to his elder brothers who were at the warfront.

When he got there, he was made aware of the threat of Goliath.

Right there and then, his creative mind went to work.

He asked around if there would be a prize for taking down the threat and when he heard what the prize was, he was even more motivated to outthink the problem.


Before David opened his mouth to say he would accept the challenge, he had already conceived in his heart, how he would take down Goliath.

Why is this so relevant? Using a sling to take down a target from distance was not rocket science in Israel.

There were many who could do it as I showed in Judges 20:16 and you can even find it again in 1 Chronicles 12:2.

Regarding this skill, David was not unique or special.

Many Israelites could do it.

However, everyone else was so afraid that nobody else could see that the solution was right under their noses.

David strategized in his heart that the sling was the best way to take down Goliath without getting near, BUT HE KEPT IT A SECRET!

Even when he was summoned to the presence of King Saul, he said so many things except how exactly he planned to defeat Goliath.

Why did he keep it a secret? Everyone else wanted the King’s reward. If he had said out loud that he was going to use a sling, King Saul could’ve probably held David back and sent a more experienced soldier to act on the tip.

David may have been credited for the information that led to the victory, but not the eventual victory. They are not the same thing.

David knew that the quantum leap from shepherd to war hero was not granted to fools who didn’t know how to keep their mouths shut until it was absolutely necessary.

“Premature exposure kills dreams” – John Obidi.

As David left the presence of Saul, he held a staff in his hand, but the actual weapon he intended to use was hidden in his bag.

It was when he was on his way to meet Goliath that he picked up the stones he would need.

Nobody knew his plan until after it was masterfully executed.

Please follow the parts of the story you didn’t see.

David not only took down Goliath from afar, he walked up to his body and cut off his head and brought it home with him.

He did not stop there… He took Goliath’s weapons too and kept them in his own tent.

He needed evidence of his conquest before village people will coman say that Goliath died of natural causes and that David did nothing.

The whole game that David played was so masterful that the following played out right after.

“As Saul watched David going out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is that young man?”

Abner replied, “As surely as you live, Your Majesty, I don’t know.”

The king said, “Find out whose son this young man is.”

As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine’s head.

“Whose son are you, young man?” Saul asked him.

David said, “I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem.”

There are many Daniels amongst us – excellent, skilled and brilliant, but you get too excited that you cannot keep your mouth shut until your miracle is out of the reach of your enemies.

This is the 3rd world.

There is fierce and sometimes irrational competition for opportunity, recognition and rewardability.

Excellence will not be enough here.

Naivety will be brutally punished.

You got selected for an opportunity somewhere? Keep your mouth shut until you have safely landed and crossed immigration.

You have an idea that can end poverty forever? Bridle your excitement and patent it first.

Don’t be so quick to prove to people who don’t matter that you’re doing something relevant with your life.

If you must fulfil your destiny as king, it is important that you take full credit.

Part of taking credit is making sure your plan is not sabotaged before it has had a chance to bloom.




If you’re going to become a lifelong student of success, you must practice your ability to read beyond what is written, hear more than what is spoken and interpret the elusive connections between action and reaction.

This is the 3rd world.

He who must profit from the excellence of Daniel, must exhibit the wit, wisdom and craftiness of David.

– J.O.

Sam Eneje

Sam Eneje

Sam Eneje is Senior Content Developer, an Entrepreneur and a Public Speaker.

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