To be like Underdog, all you need is this…

It may have been a cartoon, but the message of Underdog packed a powerful punch. In real life, we’ve got Underdogs all around us.

Some are famous. Most are not. But they all have one thing in common – Like Shoeshine Boy, motivated by a greater good, they rose to the occasion.

I know a 17 year old who fits that description. Her name is Brieanna. She’s a high school junior; an academic achiever, a volunteer with a local EMS unit. And she is homeless.

Brieanna has lived in a shelter for the past year and a half, but she hasn’t let her circumstances get in the way of her goals or her happiness.  She comes to school every day with a contagious smile and a grateful attitude to go along with it.

Her goal is to become a pediatric nurse – a dream she’s had ever since she was a child and a patient in the hospital. Brieanna said it was the kindness of a nurse who took the time to play games with her that inspired her career choice.

“I want kids to be not only physically better, but happier too. I want to be able to make them smile,” she said.

And that’s her motivation to go to college and to work at a Children’s Hospital.

Next year, Brieanna will take college credit courses while still in high school to get a head start. And when she turns 18, she’ll go to work as an EMT to help pay for her education. She’s determined to make this dream a reality. After all, there are kids out there who will need her.

To be like Underdog, you don’t need to have superhuman power – you just need to have a goal and an unstoppable conviction to rise above the obstacles in your path to achieve it.



  One thought on “To be like Underdog, all you need is this…

  1. larryorlando2013
    February 1, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Keep it going, Mary.

    • February 1, 2013 at 2:42 am

      Thank you, Larry. Your encouragement is my motivation today. I will.

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