Being an underdog often seems like an insult. The ones who label others as underdogs also mean it as
an insult. However, being an underdog isn’t as bad it seems. It has quite a few advantages if one plays
their cards right.
For starters, they can avoid being in the spotlight all the time, hence, avoiding potential scrutiny.
Furthermore, it rids people from unwanted anxiety and pressure to be the best. Not that you shouldn’t
be the best, but focusing on your goals in silence and behind closed doors is much better than everyone
watching your every move.
Let’s analyze a few benefits of being an underdog.
Every Chance Is an Opportunity
It’ll surely sting when people don’t think you can do much, but you can achieve plenty if you focus on
the bigger picture. For example, if there’s a position in the employee engagement department, and
you’re generally not considered very people-friendly, use this opportunity to prove them otherwise.
Take up the job and amaze everyone with how capable you are. You can prove to your boss that you
were the right candidate all along. This will open up other prospects for you as well.
All Tricks Lie in Your Cards
Depending on you play your cards, you can come out on top. When people don’t have high expectations
from you, you can throw them off with the “wow factor.” The wow factor is when people underestimate
you, and you turnaround and amaze them with your capabilities. It leaves their jaws dropped and makes
them realize they were wrong to underestimate you. Playing your cards right is all about the right
timing. When you see the perfect opportunity, slip right in, do your thing, and no one will ever call you
an underdog ever again.
‘Wow’ People With Your Creativity
People might think you’re an underdog, but you know who you are; that is anything but. Hence, if you’re
tired of being known as the underdog, simply shut people up by showing them how creatively innovative
you are. If there’s a specific project at work that has people mind-boggled, offer your sharp strategic
skills, and become the helping hand nobody else could. The more you prove your skills to people, the
sooner they’ll realize how brilliant you actually are.
Risk Takers Are Prize Takers
The more risks you take, the bigger the jackpot you can –simple. If you always stay in your comfort zone,
you’ll only achieve the ordinary, something everyone’s achieving. So, what makes you different;
extraordinary? Do something that others are afraid of. Take a big risk by pursuing something you never
have. For example, if your company has welcomed many new investors and is looking for the perfect
candidate to cater to them, be that person. It’s risky because if any of these investors are unhappy, it’ll
be a problem for you. But, if you manage to do the opposite, imagine how well-reputed you’ll become.
You know what they say, “the greater the risk, the greater the reward.”