September 3, 2017

How the Underdog CAN win, part 2


“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him,  who have been called according to his purpose.”—Romans 8:28 (NIV)

One of the most important messages we can give ourselves is that we DO NOT need to accept limitations of any kind. It doesn’t matter if they’re financial, medical, or psychological.

In my last article, I discussed biblical figures who accomplished great feats with few resources. This time, I’d like to highlight achievers mentioned in the October, 2007 issue of Reader’s Digest:

 “As I like to say, take the shot, even if your knees are shaking.”—Robin Roberts in Ladies Home Journal
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“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots. I’ve lost almost 300 games. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” –Basketball legend, Michael Jordan
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Orlando Bloom (movie star--Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord of the Rings trilogy)

This amazing man is pictured in the image above. At the age of 21, he had a serious fall. He walked across a narrow gutter in order to repair a door, and the gutter didn’t hold up. He fell three stories to the ground.

Orlando had to undergo six hours of back surgery, and doctors told him he might never walk again. He was likely to become paraplegic.

As we know, this achiever refused to accept the medical prognosis. More than that, he has been an action star in some of the recent top movie franchises. He refuses to be intimidated by battle scenes—or anything else, for that matter.

Anne-Marie Faiola (founder of scented-soap retailer, Bramble Berry)

This successful entrepreneur majored in criminal justice. She had dreams of working for the FBI, but she got turned down. Anne-Marie settled, instead, for a job as a corrections officer, which didn’t satisfy her in the least. I’m guessing the job didn’t pay much, either.

When she wasn’t working, she engaged in a hobby to relieve her tension: soap making. The business that began in Ms. Faiola’s kitchen now has a global reach. They have clients in 50 states, but they also sell supplies worldwide. Here are some other facts:
  • Annual revenue of $3,000,000
  • 2,500 products
  • 32 employees

Scott Adams (blogger and creator of the nationally syndicated Dilbert comic strip)

He lost his voice due to a rare medical condition. A neurologist told him that he had no chance of recovery. The cartoonist refused to accept defeat and came across a natural way to work around the disease by reciting rhyming song lyrics. As of 2007, he has been able to talk in quiet tones often.

Pete Hunter (pro football player. Cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks)

He was a fifth-round draft pick for the Dallas Cowboys. He was traded to the New York Jets because of injuries. Finally, Hunter was offered a position with the Seattle Seahawks because many of their defense team had been injured.

The story came full circle when the Seahawks played against the Cowboys in an important game. Hunter made many successful moves. He even intercepted a pass meant for the wide receiver who had been trash talking him.

My Conclusion

Really, there’s a heartwarming story of conquering hardship behind most successful people.  The truth is that they started life as “regular” people, but they pressed beyond their limitations. Often, the only difference between winning and losing is staying in the game.


How have you fought the odds to make your dream happen?