What it means to be an underdog
Written by: Ellie Keen
J.K Rowling and Dr. Seuss
"Leverage your Underdog Status"
In the article, “Play to your strengths-steps to leverage your underdog status,” by Joanne Royston, she explains that underdogs have many different ways to succeed. The first step is to recognize that everyone is different. She says that you need to find something specific that makes you a unique individual. I also believe that this is important because we all have certain things that make us who we are. When you learn how to accept yourself, you accomplished the first step. Secondly, you have to perfect your strengths. Take what you have and “make use of that information.” After that, Joanne states, “In challenging times, the worst thing is feeling like you’re on your own. Finding a mentor who can lend an ear and help grow your skill set is an excellent way to stay on track.” This is something that will help you make it to the top and work through obstacles. For the very last step, you have to put your strengths out there. Be bold and inspire others to be an underdog. If we do that, our society might accept those who strive for success.
Nick Vujicic was born with an extreme disability. He came from a difficult childhood, and persevered to be a motivational speaker. Nick overcame being born without any arms or legs and continues to inspire many people. There are many characteristics about Nick that make him an underdog. For example, he has such a positive attitude and defeats about all obstacles in his way. Nick takes what he has, and lives life to the fullest. He took his experience and used it to motivate others. He has also shown people that he is brave, risk taking, and doesn’t let his disability define him. Nick has shown that he wouldn’t change who he is. He is proud of who he has become and knows that there is more to him than what people see on the outside. That's what makes Nick Vujicic a very inspiring underdog.
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