Don’t you love rooting for the underdog? Whether it is the team that is completely outmatched or the person whom no one thought much of…something within us comes alive when we watch an underdog defy the odds. The term underdog is usually applied in the world of sports. In college basketball is used to be Gonzaga during the NCAA Tournament. In the NFL it might be a standout rookie like Dak Prescott. In MLB there might be no greater underdog storyline than the 2004 Boston Red Sox.
The excitement of an underdog story is not limited to sports. Who could help but find themselves rooting for Jamal in Slumdog Millionaire? How could you want anything but victory for Pat and Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook?
When I read through the pages of Scripture I am captured by what God can do through an underdog. Moses was an underdog. David was an underdog. Our risen Savior was a carpenter from an unimpressive town. The apostles were a rag-tag group of uneducated guys who were not exactly first round picks for the religious leaders of the day. These are underdog stories and they capture our heart and mind because we can relate.
You see you are an underdog, and so am I. Each of us has within us an underdog spirit, and it needs to be cultivated. (Click to tweet)
You can ride your talent through various leagues of play, but at some point you will reach the edge of your natural talent. Eventually you will end up in environments where your level of talent makes you the underdog in the room.
What do you do when you reach the edge of your talent and gifting? Here are 4 qualities an underdog can embrace to excel beyond talent:
- Diligence – You have the ability to out work those around you. Keep pressing forward until the end. Talent can carry you for a season, but diligence will carry you until the job is done. (Click to tweet) An underdog does not know how to quit.
- Scrappiness – You can excel no matter what tools you have at your disposal. Do whatever it takes to accomplish the goal. Decent leaders excel when given all the right resources, scrappy leaders excel no matter what they have to work with. (Click to tweet)
- Willingness – Be eager to engage no matter what is required. A willing heart will open up doors that talent cannot unlock. (Click to tweet) Often the difference between success and failure is our willingness to do the things that others might avoid. You naturally do the things you are willing to do. Get yourself to jump into the things you would not naturally do.
- Service – Prove through a servants heart that you care more about serving than about showing off your talent. (Click to tweet) Find ways to serve people beyond what they would expect.