Where the Less Talented Succeed

How is it possible that Kyle Maynard can have an extremely successful MMA Career, start a CrossFit gym, climb Kilimanjaro and do it all with no arms or legs? While this is an extreme example, I can’t help but notice a common theme of successful people starting with a bit of a disadvantage.

I think that without a disadvantage, it is significantly less likely that people would be able to accomplish these things. Not because they couldn’t actually do it, but because pushing through adversity is an incredible motivator.

That’s why the underdog story is possible. Being the worst or obviously set back motivates you to work 10X harder than everyone else and the consequence of that is becoming the best.

The first time I thought about this idea, aside from always starting in 12th on Mario Cart, was in high school. I’ve never been great at school, I can hold my own but I’m definitely not the star student. So, during my four years of academic ass kickings, I doubled down on pushing forward on cool projects, building my connections and doing anything that to make up for my less than stellar GPA.

The results of my insecurities as a student are more valuable to me than a high GPA could ever be. I find myself thinking about or wishing I had a higher GPA pretty frequently, but imagine how things may have changed for me.

Why would I need three internships in high school if I had a 4.0?

What would be the point of me reading 50 business books in 2017 if I had a 4.0?

Why do I need to stand out at all if I have a 4.0?

It may seem counter-intuitive to be glad you’re not a super genius but it’s a hell of a motivator.

Thanks for reading,

Nick