I have always been big into sports. I love watching them and playing them. I know what it's like to be the underdog. I know what it's like to have the passion and desire but lack all the skill. And I've seen that passion and desire come off on top of others skill. It taught me a lesson that applies outside of sports as well.
I look at what our culture defines as "successful" people and I admit, it is easy to feel weak, unable, and ungifted. It seems like they started with all the right tools. Tools that we may never get. But we don't see the hard work and passion that goes into it-- no matter how gifted.
A couple of years ago, The TV netwrok Versus released one of the most inspiring commercials I've ever seen. It teaches that the playing field of life is not always what it seems. The big shots don't always come out on top. So if you're feeling like an underdog, take a second to watch this clip to remind yourself that people have as much of a chance as they give themselves. You may not start under the same circumstances. You may not even take the same route. But you can "flip the script and take a pass on yelling uncle". It's what makes life interesting.