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Friday, November 1, 2013

Underdog, David, and Me

Speed of lightning, roar of thunder
Fighting all who rob or plunder
Underdog. Underdog!

Oh how I loved that guy - the scrawny little pup-cum-super-hero! Unlike Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, or even Peter Parker, I could easily relate to Underdog...I still can.

I recently listened to David and Goliath, a book by Malcolm Gladwell. A book about underdogs. In it, Gladwell expounds on the reality that Hollywood makes millions off of every year: with the right strategy, the little guy wins. The book is comprised of example after example throughout history, academia, and sports of soldiers, students, and athletes turning their disadvantage into their advantage. In every instance, the individual had to learn how to think outside the box as David did when he faced Goliath.

Do you ever feel like the underdog? I do. As I run the course toward traditional publication, my legs are leaden, weighted down with my disadvantages: responsibilities that having nothing to do with my goal and an educational background that didn't include a catalog of writing courses. 

I so often hear people talk about their dreams. Then they tack on, "but I just don't have the time." I don't want to be one of those people - giving up on a dream because of a perceived disadvantage.  While I may not get to write as often as I'd like or for as long as I'd like, and although I may be surrounded by those who write forty or sixty or eighty hours a week and who have masters degrees in creative writing or journalism, I'll stay the course. I'll write whenever I can. It may be ten minutes or two hours a day, but I'll write. I'll turn my lack of time into an advantage because over the years of not having enough time, I've learned how to squeeze minutes from the rock of time; and when I'm tempted to complain, I'll think of David and remember Underdog.

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