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3 Reasons Why Being An Underdog Is Your Secret Weapon

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What if I were to tell you that being the underdog would give you more power than you could ever dream of. Would you think I was crazy?

Maybe so, but aren’t all geniuses? The moral of the story is that if you feel like an underdog somewhere in life, you actually have a massive competitive advantage if you play your cards right.

While others spend their lives sulking because their parents didn’t spoil them relentlessly, you know better. You know that being an underdog in life can prepare you for greatness.

Below are 3 reasons why being the little guy can actually be your winning ticket:

1. History proves underdogs come out on top

From David & Goliath to Donald Trump, history has shown us that being an outsider can prove to be your secret weapon. In the tale of David & Goliath, David was so much smaller that any sane person would’ve projected him to get clobbered by his gigantic opponent. That’s just physics, right?

Wrong. You see David was far smaller, but he also had one heck of a swing. So much so, that when he threw a rock at his target, Goliath was so thrown off that he couldn’t even see straight. The enemy was down for the count. In our own lives, we must remember that just because the cards may appear stacked against us, the game is not necessarily over. Don’t give up too soon. Just because you might not look like those who have succeeded in the past, realize that your unique set of capabilities could help you win in the end.

“I’m very competitive by nature. And I like to be the underdog – It’s the best way to win. To come from behind and win is a great feeling!” – Zac Efron

2. Underdogs don’t play by the rules

If weaker opponents always played by the rules of the game, they would, of course, lose a majority of the time. The competition is naturally stacked against them with a list of assets they are lacking. However, when a hypothetical long shot decides to bypass the rules, he or she unlocks more power than can be imagined.

You see, the projected winner knows what it takes to master the game. They have the tried & true skills that it takes to succeed. When an underdog is compared to these standards, he or she will always come up short. Yet, when they decide to play unconventionally, a whole new world of possibilities opens up. By forgoing the rules of the game, the dark horses of this world can spot holes in the competition.

 

3. Underdogs have nothing to lose

When you start from the bottom, you don’t have much to lose. While the establishment has everything to lose including their reputation, assets and power, outsiders can play by whatever means they wish. They are not held to any standard. This is power, in itself. If you’re an underdog somewhere in life, realize that this could give you power in that you’re not held to the same constraints as others who have been playing the game for years.

You don’t have to wait on anyone’s approval to get started. You don’t need to ask anyone for permission; you can instead map out plans for getting to your goal in whatever way you see fit. For instance, if you’re operating on a shoestring budget instead of pulling from a pool of money, see this as a chance to get creative and do things your own way. This could be your key to success in the end.

“The fact of being an underdog changes people in ways that we often fail to appreciate. It opens doors and creates opportunities and enlightens and permits things that might otherwise have seemed unthinkable.” – Malcolm Gladwell

To be an underdog is often to go up against the “establishment.”  If you learn to spot holes in the system, you’ll undoubtedly come out victorious. While others waste time trying to master the game, underdogs see hidden opportunities.

Next time you feel like the underdog, will you play by the rules or decide to reinvent the game? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Jessica Brewer founded Think Train to help entrepreneurs execute an online presence through digital marketing. Her passion lies in helping companies & individuals pinpoint their purpose & further this message via online mediums. Follow her on instagram @jess_l_brewer or check out her website at www.thinktrain.io to learn more.

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
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