When I was in high school, I have took 2 years of Latin. It was a pretty interesting language class . However, this was not just about taking Latin class. I am a Hard of Hearing person, as many of you may know. On my last year of Latin, I remembered in a parent-teacher meeting I had that included my Latin teacher. One comment that stood out to me was my Latin teacher’s fear of me of not doing well in his class due to my deafness.
As a young 17 year old high school senior, I didn’t think about what he said to me too much. To me, it was normal for teachers to be worried about how well I do in their classes. Most times I usually proved them wrong by doing the best that I can in classes. However, I reflect back to that time sometimes and learned from that moment. I never thought being hearing loss would be an issue when taking Latin. It is usually in the back of my mind. On the the other hand, I got used to the comments and sometimes take it as a challenge to prove people wrong. Now I won’t say I am a confident all the time as I do have my low moments. But my determination and supportive family members are the reason why I had made it far in school.
“Being underestimated is one of the biggest competitive advantages you can have.Embrace it.”— Unknown
This quote stuck out to me because there are many people who can relate to being underestimated and used it to become competitive. People underestimating you is not easy thing to deal with regardless what person you are. What people may think you are at disadvantage, when in reality it can be your fuel for success. It is better to take up the challenge to try to prove people wrong. It reminds you to stay competitive in today’s fast moving business world.
In the end, I did end up doing well, despite my Latin teacher’s fear. To me, the class was nothing more than a challenge accepted to drive myself to succeed. Being underestimated does have its benefits after all.
My questions for my readers:
Was there was a time you felt underestimated? If so, what are things you did that helped you succeed?