Of Underdogs & Beating The Odds



The following post was clearly a hot favourite with readers, with feedback flooding in even more than a year after it was first published. I could only surmise that many liked the idea of underdogs getting a breakthrough or nice surprise, such as when a cleaner wins a pair of air tickets at the office Dinner & Dance instead of a manager. I remember a heartwarming night when a supervisor declined his top prize and placed it back in the draw.


June 2011

Much has been said about the power of cyberspace and mobile media, and they’ve certainly given rise to a whole new collection of verbs such as googling, twittering and facebooking, as well as added a fresh layer of meaning to traditional ones such as surfing, posting and tweet. The ability to quickly garner knowledge on endless subjects from all sorts of sources is a great equaliser! Not surprisingly, teams taking part in treasure hunts or fun quizzes are often seen turning to their smartphones for answers.

I must admit that hardly a day goes by that I don’t tap an online platform for some information or other. So, with the help of the internet, here are links to several of my favourite underdogs. Be inspired and challenged!

Top Dog – The dominant person in a situation or hierarchy.
Underdog – Origin 1887. The beaten dog in a fight. An unlikely winner in a contest or struggle, someone who’s at a disadvantage. Synonyms include bottom dog, dark horse, stalking horse, sleeper and upsetter.


NICK VUJAJIC – From No Limbs To No Limits
Born 1982 with No Arms & No Legs.
Motivational Speaker & Evangelist. Married. Dad.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOzsjEmjjHs – (Addressing Youths)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yo_24_qTNac – (Addressing Adults)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXlCeKBWfaA – (Sharing at Rock Church)
Check out: http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/


TED WILLIAMS – Stay Hopeful, Never Give Up!


SUSAN BOYLE – Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover
Singing the song “I Dreamed A Dream” from my all-time favourite musical Les Miserables


CHOI SUNG BONG – South Korea’s Susan Boyle
Orphaned and homeless but far from helpless.





MARLO & FRAN COWAN – Who Says We Can’t?
Watch: http://www.godvine.com/Watch-What-This-90-Year-Old-Couple-Does-at-the-Clinic-1106.html


SEVERN SUZUKI – Together We Can!
Oldie But Goldie


A Tale of 2 Jeremys – Against The Odds
February 2012


Jeremy Lin
His achievements and wholesome lifestyle are inspiring basketball fans throughout Asia

Read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/23/jeremy-lin-knicks-guard-religion-role-model_n_1297558.html?ref=jeremy-lin”>


Jeremy Lim
His positive outlook on life has touched the hearts of Singaporeans since he was a child

Read: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/%E2%80%98it%E2%80%99s-not-about-hardware–it%E2%80%99s-about-heartware%E2%80%99.html


Dost thou love life?
Then do not squander time,
for that is the stuff life is made of.

Benjamin Franklin

Have a wonderful month filled with Love, Joy & Peace!

2 thoughts on “Of Underdogs & Beating The Odds

  1. Nick Vujajic is an excellent role model for both Christians and non-Christians. “From No Limbs To No Limits.” His life is fuller than that of many people with limbs.

    • You’re right! I like the Amplified Bible version of Romans 8:28
      “We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labour] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.”

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