Four Advantages of Being an Underdog

Small improvements are better than giving up, even when the odds are stacked against you.

David is literally a little guy in the battle against Goliath. Today we use ‘David and Goliath’ to describe situations where an underdog stands against the odds.

It’s exciting and terrifying to stand up when problems are big and perfect solutions are fantasies.

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Working to improve something is better than crying about how bad things are.

Four advantages of feeling like an underdog:

#1. An underdog has nothing to lose.

No one faults underdogs when they make small improvements, even if they don’t solve the whole problem. At least they tried.

Working to improve something is more noble than crying about how bad things are.

#2. An underdog explores novel solutions.

The establishment keeps using worn out strategies because the established way feels safe. People with experience work to preserve their position and save face.

An underdog is free to try new things. David defeated Goliath with a sling and a stone. It was a laughable strategy.

If you didn’t have position or title to protect, what might you try today?

#3. An underdog talks about elephants.

The status quo points fingers. An underdog invites the elephant to dance.

An underdog knows that when problems persist, current solutions aren’t working. Something different needs to be done.

Instead of pretending problems don’t exist or thinking things will magically improve, an underdog looks problems in the eye.

#4. An underdog doesn’t worry about perfection.

It’s a longshot when an underdog wins.

When the odds are stacked against you, embrace it. It’s easy to talk yourself into doing nothing. When you feel small, do what you can. Throw a rock and see what you hit.

Winning is a bonus when you’re an underdog. It’s all about getting in the game.

What small thing can you do today to make things better?

How might the voice of experience be holding you back?

Resource: The Upside of Being an Underdog (HBR)