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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 to learn more.



  1. Jessica

    May 12, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Tim, your passion and truth is inspiring. Way too many people in this world are beaten down and have given up too soon. But, not us. I just need to get more articles out and keep working on this in every minute of my spare time. It is my passion – to figure out what holds people back. How very different their lives can end up.

  2. Jessica

    May 11, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Tim – I agree. I laugh at people that constantly feel sorry for themselves when they haven’t been given all that they think they need to succeed. Perhaps, you must first think differently. Change the game.

    Also, I love what you do. I would love to learn from you to see how you get content out so quickly and how you’ve built what you have. Inspiring stuff. Keep it coming!

    • Tim Denning

      May 11, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Hi Jessica, thanks for your reply. My secret tip for getting articles out quickly is this: I spend every waking hour thinking about it and spend all my spare time want to inspire the world through personal development and entrepreneurship. That’s the big secret: it’s my passion 🙂

      • Jessica

        May 12, 2016 at 1:34 pm

        How refreshing that is that you said that. That’s what I’m doing right now as well, but I just need to turn up the heat. Get more articles out. I know what needs to be done. Now it’s just a matter of time. It’s so very freeing to do what you love even if there is never enough time it seems to get it done. Gotta hustle on the side for now, but hard work always pays off.

        Have a lovely day!

  3. Alec Watson

    May 11, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Wonderful! I hope this inspires more people to embrace being the underdog and truly excel in everything they do.

    • Jessica

      May 11, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      You just have to understand that just because you’re an outsider now doesn’t mean that you should give up. Maybe you should. But, if you really care about it, maybe you should go at it with a new method. Have a great day Alec!

  4. Tim Denning

    May 10, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Jessica, to answer your question, I am always going to not play by the rules and be the underdog. As you said, underdogs throughout history generally do well. Some times limited resources help you to have greater passion and focus on your vision which can end up being the reason why you succeed. Thank you kindly for your post.

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