I failed the advanced swim class 4X before I finally passed it the 5th time.
I was 9 years old and the oldest kid in the class by at least two years.
I wanted to give up so many times especially after I failed multiple times the prior summer.
However, I kept pushing.
I failed 4 total times before I finally passed on the 5th time and was able to join the club swim team.
When I joined club, I was the oldest kid in the jr. group.
Everyone else was 2+ years younger and MUCH faster.
I felt EVEN more embarrassed.
Ashamed being the oldest and being in the rookie group.
Self-conscious that other 9 year olds in the senior group teased me.
But I showed up every single day.
And gave 100% every single day.
I never gave up.
I got better over time.
Fast forward 14 months and I became one of the fastest 10-year olds in the state in 2 different events.
The teasing stopped.
I realized then that talent was overrated.
That if I stayed focus and put the work in, I could be a winner.
Being underestimated was a..competitive advantage.
As long as I could block out the noise..
And put the work in..
Those with talent alone wouldn’t be able to stand a chance.
Being an underdog gave me an EDGE.
Do you agree?
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