A Battle Cry For The Underdogs

If you’re anything like me, you know what it’s like to be the underdog.

And not just disadvantaged, but completely expected to lose, fail, or, even worse, not expected to do anything at all because you’re just not noticed.

I know what it’s like to be the long shot, bottom dog, and the nobody.

For a while, it feels like you’re never going to be the winner. You’re never going to be that person who experiences success after success no matter what they do.

You feel underprivileged, mistreated, invisible, and at the mercy of the goodwill other, more privileged people.

You know deep down that you’re worth it.

There is no question in your mind that eventually, or under the right circumstances, you’re going to blow everyone’s mind.

You have an unshakable confidence in your abilities, but you’re still the underdog.

You wonder why no one else can see it.

Why can’t they see that you’re different from everyone else running around, posturing and only trying to grab attention?

It sucks, sure.

But it’s also a great place to be.

If you’ve read my e-book, you know that I have a scrappy background.

I’ve found that the best part of being the underdog is the fact that the rules don’t apply to you.┬áNot only do the rules not apply to you, they are your worst enemy.

As an underdog, you’re not going to win by playing by the rules. You’re not going to win without guts and grit and resolve.

No one expects anything of you yet, so you have a completely blank slate. You don’t have achievements or expectations hanging over your head or weighing down your actions.

You get to be as reckless and as daring as you want to be.

With recklessness and danger, comes the necessity of learning a thing or two along the way.

They’re resourceful.

They’re authentic.

Underdogs are creative.

Underdogs are the things of history, of upsets, of legends.

They are remembered and loved.

They understand and appreciate the value of hard work and the necessity to carry on, even when they want to stop, even in the moments they forget where they were going in the first place.

By their very nature, underdogs can’t believe in limitations or obstacles. If they did, they would have lost before they started.

And when they finally win, their light burns brighter and for longer than the lights of top-dogs.

So be glad that you’re an underdog.

You may be at a disadvantage now, but eventually you’ll come out on top, and with more character than anyone who’s never known what it is to be at the bottom.

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  • Janet October 7, 2012, 10:32 am

    OMG can I relate to this post!!

    + you get points for putting a pic of a jack russell terrier in there!! awwww, the little underdog. the ferocious one that thinks he’s bigger than he really is.. but because he IS, or doesn’t let size get to him. perfect!!

    but also because I used to have a jack russell terrier and am, naturally, quite fond of them. and just LOVED Wishbone too!! someone mentioned that he was the perfect dog/fit for me.. in size, character, personality. i know it’s often typical for humans to resemble their furry companions, sometimes eerily so (in looks, for example), but I took that as a HUGE compliment. i love the little jack personality.

    and hell yeah, I can so resonate to being the under dog! i’m asian. i’m female. i’m short. i live in the slums (what!?)… and i could go on. but i definitely think there’s reason to celebrate.

    • Liz Seda October 8, 2012, 12:49 pm

      I know right! I love the Jack Russel Terrier. They come with so much personality.

      And yea, I’m Hispanic, female, underprivileged. Hey! It makes for great scholarship applications. LOL.

  • Maris Olsen October 8, 2012, 2:26 pm

    Nice post Liz! Underdogs are scrappy, AND they have a clear goal: to overtake the top dog! It’s nice to be in a position where the path to improvement is clear, and often it is easier to innovate when you can see exactly what the top dog is doing poorly. Or maybe the top dog is just ignoring a niche in the marketplace that needs to be filled. Many of us “solopreneurs” are underdogs by marketplace standards, but still fill such an important role. Like my private sewing lessons for people too busy to make group classes work. I am not nationally recognized, but still having fun expanding my role/work every year.

    Thanks for the post!

    • Liz October 9, 2012, 12:42 pm

      Exactly! I goal is very clear. We have a perspective that those at the top don’t have.

      And I’m enjoying the view from here because once I make it to the top (which we will!) I’ll no longer know what it looks like.

  • Vishnu October 9, 2012, 1:29 am

    thanks for sharing Liz. We all have a bit of an underdog in each one of us! And this is quite the battlecry! Being the underdog builds character like you say but also determination and persistence — all things that can’t be learned by being the big dog. lol

    The one things underdogs must do to success is self belief. I work with underdogs everyday in my work. they may not have money or power but they have belief in themselves to do big things.

    So glad to read about your underdog story and what made you who you are. The Panda (the purple one) is also a great underdog story all by herself! and glad she’s here too.

    • Liz October 9, 2012, 12:46 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Vishnu! I love Janet’s story too! I love how she coined the term “Living Purple.”

      I wonder if you can say “I live purply.”

      Janet! I’m having grammar questions about your purple existence. I need help!

  • Kola October 10, 2012, 12:36 pm

    reminds me of a comment by TD Jakes about how a catapult works. you put that stone in there and keep pulling it back but eventually, it’s going to be released and propelled far beyond it’s starting point.

    lovely post, Liz

    • Liz October 14, 2012, 10:49 am

      Thank you Kola. I’d never heard that before, but it makes sense.

      I love ‘Beta Motivation.’ Thanks for stopping by!


  • zimkhitha October 25, 2012, 12:32 pm

    I can relate to this post totally! I was stuck in a job where I was literally invisible, but somehow I knew that I was capable of doing way more than most seniors in the organisation. I remember asking myself why people could not see the potential and capability in me, but now I understand that I never belonged there to start with. I was mean’t for greater and meaningful things.


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