Ever since I can remember, I have been a fan of the underdog.
You know, people like Rocky Balboa.
I have always been captivated by how those stories develop. Early on it is apparent that they are lacking in certain areas. There is always that “one thing” they seem to be missing.
When compared to the competition in whatever field it might be they would not be perceived to be anywhere near the top. Yet as the movie progresses we find that they have something everybody else doesn’t.
We can generally tell when the change is about to happen, because if it is a movie, the music begins to change. It goes from just background noise to upbeat and inspirational.
Then we see it. We see what has been hiding in plain sight the whole time. This person that has been told their entire life that they are not good enough and that they don’t have what it takes begins to blossom into something more.
Where did this come from? How did they go from nothing to something in no time flat?
It was because they had the drive to achieve. They were willing to put in the hard work because they weren’t naturally gifted. They weren’t the superstar. It didn’t happen overnight, but with hard work and determination they slowly but surely overcame obstacle after obstacle.
Before we know it Rocky is fighting to The Eye of the Tiger, and we are on the edge of our seats routing him on. We know it is a made up story, but we can’t help but pull for him.
Why is this?
It’s because we all innately resonate with the underdog. We have all been told at one time that we weren’t good enough. Maybe you didn’t make the sports team in high school or missed out on that job promotion last week.
You know you have what it takes, but no one else seems to notice.
What does it take to get from where we are right now to where we want to be?
The answer is DRIVE.
What drives you? What is it that you wake up every morning knowing that you want to accomplish? Not what you “have” to but what you “want” to accomplish.
This is what will set you apart from everyone else.
The reason we enjoy watching movies like Rocky is because we enjoy seeing someone else do something we are too afraid to do. And I don’t mean boxing with a killer Russian.
We enjoy seeing people take life by the horns. We enjoy watching someone rise from the ashes to accomplish great things.
This doesn’t have to be something we just watch in the movies.
This can be you!
Punch fear in the face.
Get out there and give it all you’ve got!
You’re no longer an underdog. You’re an overcomer!
Do you hear that? Sounds like the music is changing.
What is it that is holding you back? What obstacle have you or do you need overcome? I would greatly enjoy hearing your story, just leave a comment below.