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.
I’ve found that the best part of being the underdog is the fact that the rules don’t apply to you. Not 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.
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.