Earlier this year, I wrote about Stetson Bennett, the embattled UGA football star quarterback who – despite his relatively small size – was drafted at the professional sports level through sheer determination and hard work. His life is a classic underdog story.
At work or in everyday life, have you ever felt like an underdog? I believe, at one time or another, we’ve all wondered whether we make a difference or if anyone notices.
In the Bible, my favorite underdog is David – as in the story of David and Goliath – who rose from herding sheep to becoming king of Israel. Nearly half of the book of Psalms is about David, considered one of Israel’s greatest kings.
Before he was chosen by God, David was overlooked as a lowly shepherd with few physical strengths or leadership qualities. However, God recognized David’s good heart and spirit – his inner qualities.
It was David’s faith that gave him the courage to defeat Goliath, a cocky giant and Philistine warrior who had mocked the entire Israelite army and their God. Most people remember the legendary story of David and Goliath from their Sunday school lessons as children.
As president of our companies with over 450 team members, I – along with my father Jim, my brother Steve, and our management team – look for “Davids” who have his similar work ethic. They are humble members of our team who embrace their jobs, do the right thing, and focus on making us better as a company.
If you are a David, I encourage you to keep the faith. Remember that you are special because God created you. Take ownership of your work. Ignore office politics and what others might think about you. Always strive to be better.
Because just like David, I believe that you, too, will eventually find your purpose and rise to the top. That is my belief and my prayer for you.
Blessed to be a Blessing,
President, Syfan Logistics
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11