Why Being An Underdog Is Great

By Cheval John

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Being an underdog can be at times frustrating because many people do not believe that you will succeed.

We see it almost every time in sporting events, especially in championship games where a team is heavily favored to win while many write off the other.

Of course, being an underdog happens in real life outside of sports as well.

Like when people label someone as not having a chance to succeed in life if they drop out of school and not obtain a college degree.

The truth of the matter is if you are an underdog, you are in a prime position to prove the doubters wrong.

Here are two examples of those who overcame the odds to be successful:


The Bearkat football team had a huge turnover in personnel leading up to this year’s season.

Most of the players who were apart of the most victorious team in program history had graduated.

The architect of the team who led the squad to two consecutive Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Championship appearances, Willie Fritz, accepted the job at Georgia Southern.

With a new head coach in K.C. Keeler and a majority of the squad being new including 17 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) transfers, the Kats were selected to finish third in the Southland Conference (SLC).

It seemed as if the predictions were going to come true as the Bearkats had a 1-3 start, including a loss to the eventual Division II National Champion, Colorado State-Pueblo, which ended a 22-game home winning streak at Bowers Stadium.

Even I gave up on the team for this season.

However, the Bearkats kept a positive mindset, believed in each other and won seven out of the final eight games in the regular season to clinch a share of the SLC title and the automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.

Sam Houston kept their momentum going with three consecutive victories over three-top 10 ranked teams before falling to three-time FCS National Champion, North Dakota State at the FargoDome in Fargo, North Dakota during the semifinals.

The Bearkats are more optimistic about their chances at making it back to the playoffs and even winning a national championship.


Darrin Bentley is someone everyone should pay attention to in 2015.

I had the opportunity to interview him on my show, “What’s The Word?” earlier this month.

Mr. Bentley is the founder and host of Big Wig Nation, a weekly show that showcases highly successful people in different industries.

The podcast has been on the air for five months.

But it already has close to 100,000 downloads.

What is really amazing about Mr. Bentley is that he is very transparent and authentic.

He shared in his bio of the podcast’s website that he is a high school dropout.

Now if a person don’t graduate high school and move on to college, they have a slim chance at having a successful career according to a report by The Atlantic.

However, Mr. Bentley overcame the odds and worked his way up from the mailroom to a 6-figure salary on Wall Street and now as an entrepreneur.

So if you feel that everything is not going your way or feel like no one believes in you, celebrate.

Because once you achieve success, the ones who doubted you before, will all of a sudden applaud you for overcoming the odds to be successful.

Have you ever felt like an underdog? You can share your comments below.

Video courtesy of The Bearkat Sports Network

Photo Courtesy of www.fm-base.co.uk

About Cheval John

Cheval John is the Founder and CEO of Vallano Media, LLC, a marketing agency which helps small to mid-sized businesses use social media correctly to build a loyal following and in the process become more profitable.

Cheval is also the host of “What’s The Word?” a podcast about finding out what inspires people to choose their respective careers and how social media impacted their lives and business.

He is the author of two books including the Amazon Best-Seller, “8 Lessons Every Podcaster Needs To Learn.”

He has spoken at Social Media Week Lima in Ohio and at Social Media Day Houston 2017 about topics around live streaming and podcasting.

Cheval has been featured in media outlets like Ebony Magazine and was named a Houston Top 25 Social Media Power Influencer in 2016 and 2017.

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