Do you feel that you always have to work harder than others to achieve the same?
Are you never taken seriously by other people? Do people underestimate your qualities and skills?
Then you might be an underdog!
Being an underdog isn’t easy, but it teaches you important skills as a person.
In this article, I’ll explain how you can use the underdog role to your advantage.
Do this and you will appear a lot more attractive and successful to other people!
What is an underdog?
An underdog is someone who is expected to be the loser in a league or match.
An underdog can also be someone who is considered inferior by society and therefore not given equal opportunities with others.
For example, if your coworker is the boss’s favorite, you always have to work harder to earn his respect.
You can feel really bad about that. Especially if you don’t have the confidence to get over it.
We are going to help you use your role as a non-favorite as an advantage in life.
The underdog as the winner
We’ve probably all heard of David and Goliath.
According to the Bible, little David took on the giant Goliath.
Despite Goliath being much bigger and stronger, David was confident he could win. David was the smarter of the two and knew how to take advantage of it.
In this story David was clearly the underdog before the fight, the others thought the giant was too big and strong and didn’t give David any chance of victory.
Despite that, David still managed to overpower the giant. The moral of the story is that even as an obvious underdog you have the chance to win.
Also look at Iceland during the European Football Championship in 2016, the country with the fewest inhabitants of the European Championship, without real stars, hardly anyone had any expectations of them.
Because of the positive football and the exciting supporters who also conquered the hearts of the other football fans with their legendary ‘viking clap’, almost everyone wanted to see them win more.
That made Iceland a dangerous team that managed to eliminate the great England. They eventually made it to the quarterfinals, far more than almost anyone expected at the time.
If you feel like you’re the underdog, it may feel like you’re always rowing against the tide.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be. You can use the fact that you are seen as the underdog to your advantage.
If you can accept yourself as an underdog, you can also gain a lot with it.
10 tips to use the underdog role to your advantage
Read the 10 tips below to use the underdog role to your advantage and become a winner.
Tip 1: Remember that people are on your side
Think of Forrest Gump or Iceland during the European Championship. They have one thing in common, most people are behind them.
People like it when an underdog is successful and are often willing to support it, but that’s only true if those people allow it.
Hardly anyone likes arrogant people, so avoid being too closed off or screaming too loud for attention, because then you lose the important gun factor.
Be open to outside ideas and be grateful to other people.
Tip 2: Think outside the lines
As an underdog, you are clearly at a disadvantage against the favorite if you do exactly the same.
Therefore, make sure you analyze yourself and the situation carefully and on that basis you devise a strategy that is more innovative than others would do.
Be inventive with your action plan and don’t be afraid to do things differently.
If you need a detour to increase the chances of reaching your goals because the direct way isn’t going to be good enough, then you should definitely do it.
Tip 3: Always be open to learn new things
As an underdog, you depend on new ideas. However, these ideas don’t usually come out of nowhere.
Put yourself in situations where you learn new things.
You can put those new things together in a plan of action that is more innovative than your opponent, in ways that are different from the norm at the time.
But you do need that knowledge first, and it usually doesn’t just come out of the blue.
So make sure you keep working hard to be smarter than the favorite.
Tip 4: Remember that you have nothing to lose
You don’t become an underdog because you say you are. It is often a label given to you by bystanders.
In addition, expectations are not high. The favorite is the one who is expected to perform.
The person has to, you can, if you achieve a result, that’s fantastic, but if something doesn’t work out, usually no one really notices.
That means you have the freedom to experiment, to adjust the rules without being judged.
Tip 5: Don’t be put off by adversity
If you walk a lot off the beaten track, you are more likely to have accidents
Likewise, with your action plan, if you try something new, something that hasn’t been done before in a particular situation, it can hit the bull’s eye.
But that isn’t always the case. When something doesn’t go as planned it can be really annoying, but no one expected you to win, so learn from it and keep going.
Take out the positives and negatives and go back to the drawing board, looking for a better result.
Tip 6: Accept yourself as an underdog
In life we are not always successful with everything.
Your co-worker who gets things done at work may not have as fun a relationship as you have, or may not dance as well as you.
It’s important that you can accept that you’re the underdog in some areas of life, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
It is an area where you can learn a lot, where you can turn your weakness into an advantage.
However, if you doubt yourself too much or are too self-critical, remember that no one is the best at everything. Just like nobody is always the underdog.
Tip 7: Create a team that makes you stronger
The underdog knows that you are stronger together than alone.
Find a group of like-minded people and build a team that will increase your chances of achieving your goals.
As mentioned in tip 1, you can use the empathy and personality that underdogs often have to bring people together and form a team that makes you a lot stronger against the favorite.
Make the most of the resources (friends, family, colleagues) at your disposal.
Tip 8: Be persistent
You are going to have moments when you feel that you are not moving forward.
However, if you don’t know how to continue and you wonder why you’re doing all this, don’t just give up.
Underdogs often have to rely on hard work, making sure you are better prepared than the other and that takes stubbornness and work ethic.
Because as an underdog you don’t come across much, this is probably nothing new for you, so make sure you exploit this to achieve your goals.
Tip 9: Show passion
Showing that you are passionate about what you do creates goodwill. If you can show that you are passionate.
The fact that you are fully involved in what you want to achieve will automatically get people to support you.
However, don’t miss out on that!
When you yell you get attention, but it doesn’t turn into goodwill and you lose one of the greatest advantages the underdog has…
And that is the gun factor to be able to conquer the favourite.
Tip 10: Have faith in a good ending
If you trust that you can achieve your goals, you have a better chance of achieving them.
You radiate that self-confidence and that radiates on the bystanders who can support you better that way.
You don’t have to be sure that you can win, but you have to be sure that you have done everything you can and that it shows.