Have you ever met someone that makes facing hardship easy? It seems like they get knocked down a thousand times and they can quickly get back up. Further they seem better for it? Isn’t that what all the Rocky movies were about?
“The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” Rocky
The underdog seemingly epitomizes the American dream. But not just any underdog story will do. The one’s that capture our imagination are the ones of overcoming insurmountable odds and coming out the other end better off.
So, what can we learn from all the underdog examples we’ve got in our heads? Well, first off, you are going to get hit and knocked down. Sometimes you will quickly rebound. But there will be times when the odds are stacked against you and the light of day is a memory of some lost history.
Our goal then, is not to try to live a life removed of obstacles and adversity. Rather, it is to learn from those adverse resilient among us how we can best the odds and overcome with speed.