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How You Can Succeed As An Underdog
Because we can’t always start at the top
Career 27 Oct 2020

Making it in the art world is no easy feat. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there and for those of us just starting out, it can feel like we’ll never make it. But that isn’t necessarily the case. Though people may be quick to discount you, you probably have more to offer than you think. So, here is a list of ways in which you can succeed as an underdog.

Have Vision

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You may be at the bottom of the food chain right now, but that doesn’t mean you’ll stay there forever. You need to have a goal to spur you on to get to the top of that ladder. We all have dreams, and these can be the ammunition we need to get us to where we really want to be. 

Take Risks

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Playing it safe may sound like a good idea, but nobody gets remembered for following all the rules. You need to be bold, challenge yourself and push your own boundaries. That way, people will be forced to take notice of you.

Make The Most Of Every Opportunity

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Grab every opportunity thrown your way with both hands, you need to be seen to be proactive. You also never know what you might learn, who you might meet and what other opportunities may occur as a result. 

Ask Questions

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Nobody ever took any notice of the quiet, shy, retiring type in the room. (Sorry introverts). You need to make your voice heard, ask questions, contact those you admire on the gram or LinkedIn. Networking never hurt anyone.

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings 

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When you’re starting out in your career is when you need to take note of your environment the most. How are those more senior to you conducting themselves? What is the office dynamic like? Who are the most important people in your workspace? Being aware of these things will only be of benefit to you.

Stay Humble

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It’s important that those you look up to and aspire to think well of you. Be polite and respectful to those more senior to you, and to those who help you out along the way. You want to be remembered for the right reasons. 

Work Hard

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Perhaps most importantly: work hard! While we all wish there was one quick way to make it to the top of the career ladder, in most cases, there isn’t. Hard work goes a long way, so keep going underdog, you can do it!

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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