The Upside of Being an Underdog

People do not always expect us to succeed. Maybe your boss does not think you have what it takes to lead a project. Or investors tell you that your idea is unlikely to take off. Or analysts expect your company to flounder over the next quarter. What happens when we think that others expect us to fail? My research shows that these “underdog expectations” can actually motivate people to try to prove others, especially those they find less credible, wrong — leading them to perform better. ….[READ]