They may have understood at one point, but they don’t get it now. It’s not their fault really. They’ve spent so much time being top dogs that they’ve forgotten what being an underdog is like. You’ve probably wished more than a few times that you could just make it already. Haven’t you paid your dues? Isn’t it your time now?
Well, the answer to those questions may be yes, but you better hope the answer is no. The view at the bottom is more interesting than it seems at first glance. If you’re an underdog, in any field, at any level, you have a unique and time-sensitive perspective, take advantage of it. Although the top dogs may one-up you on resources, connections, money, audience, and field experience, we still have some advantages. I say we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the benefits of being at the bottom: they can be the very things we need to lift us to the top.