Overcompensating for Handicaps

“A lot of what is beautiful and powerful in the world arises out of adversity. We benefit from those kind of things,” but “we wouldn’t wish them on each other.” – Malcolm Gladwell

Some people try harder than others because they’re handicapped. But in working harder to overcompensate for these perceived disadvantages, one begins to see that what makes them successful is exactly the thing that causes them so much struggle.

Embracing the beautiful struggle is the telltale sign of an underdog. All underdogs want to do is get better to prove a point about their own normalcy. Competition is just part of the effort.

When things come hard, there’s no choice but to try and keep up. Constriction begets hard work and creativity. People succeed through struggle. When things comes easy, people are already satisfied with their own innate abilities.

Failures are really opportunities in disguise. A shorter basketball player develops quickness in order to compensate for a lack of height. A dyslexic student struggles to read and write but in practicing harder than anyone else unlocks a new way of thinking. Underdogs are innovators because they have to find other ways to win.

One possible formula is: Hanidcap > Struggles > Diligence > Overcompensation > Creativity > Innovation > Success

Handicaps can help people accomplish remarkable things.

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Published by Wells Baum

A daily blogger who connects the dots between arts and life.