Monday, July 23, 2007

Paradoxical Commandment #7

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

Do you enjoy cheering and helping the underdog?


If the underdog wins then YOU win, right? How many of us perceive ourselves as underdogs? You know who you are.

I realize that all underdog issues may not be right or important. There are risks for supporting underdogs. Also, the odds are always against the underdog and he/she is likely to lose whether they are right or not. Underdogs are Expected to lose. However, we love the underdog, but sadly, we don't jump on their bandwagon. We’ll go with the status quo, vote for the most popular, cheer for the winning team, we comply.

Remember the movie Rudy? Now that was an underdog movie. What about Invincible? Each of these movies gave me the warm fuzzies all over. However, there is one thing that comes to mind. I already knew the end. The underdog wins even though the expectations for losing are enormous. Realistically, it is hard to follow and help the underdog and more often than not, we don’t.

I like the way Kent Keith ends Commandment #7. “When you look back at the end of your life, you may conclude that fighting for a few underdogs was one of the most meaningful things you ever did.”

It takes courage to stand up for the underdog and it takes courage to believe in yourself when no one else will.

Write it down,


  1. This kinda reminds me of one of my favorite sayings:

    Stand for something, or you will fall for anything.

    I love that last line, too.

    It may be one of the "...most meaningful things you ever did." Wow.

    Hope you are having a great week!

    Sylvia C.

  2. Hello jackal, all we need is the faith that an underdog has.

    Sylvia, I like the idea of thinking about hindsight before it happens.

  3. You are a great writer! Thank you for sharing excellent words on "Underdog." I remember the movie "Rudie" and his struggle to attain his goal under the fiercest of obstacles. Thank you for reminding me of that.

    Linda Della Donna

  4. Linda you are welcome. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment.

  5. There's something to be said about the person who finds the courage to support the underdog in real life (and the movies). Too bad the rest of the population doesn't look at the it the same. Often, those who support the underdog end up having to defend their position to others. Personally, I'm all for small business, underdogs, free thinkers and anyone who rocks the boat in general. BTW - Rudy was a good movie.


  6. Thanks for your comments fireofsorrow.

    You are so right about it taking courage to support the underdogs of the world.

    When someone tells me not to rock the boat, I say Put on your life jacket and enjoy the ride. :)

  7. Oh, I LOVE your site! Belief in the underdog is awesome! I'm such a believer in that. "When you look back at the end of your life, you may conclude that fighting for a few underdogs was one of the most meaningful things you ever did". Words to live by.

    Taryn Simpson

  8. Thanks Taryn,
    I think in life we all start out as underdogs with a potential to be the top dog. That is why it is so important to believe and support the underdog.