Underdogs and Inspiration

Anyone reading news today would have come across the sports miracle that Iceland delivered yesterday – beating England in football’s Euro championships and moving forward to quarterfinals. Regardless of one’s interest in football or sports in general, this was history made that deserves the attention. And the world can use some positive news.

Football is played everywhere in the world and England is one of the world’s football giants. Iceland on the other hand, made it to a major tournament for the first time ever. Their population is 300,000 – England has several cities larger than the entire country. 300,000 people is very few. Yet, they made it to the tournament, they surprised everyone and they won over the hearts of countless people from all over the world. Already in moving forward from the first round, then beating Russia and now, causing England their second Brexit in a week. And regardless of England’s performance, Iceland was the true winner of the game. Their passion, joy, guts and attitude to never giving up and trying to the very end were thrilling to watch. David and Goliath all over again.

The world loves the underdogs. The stories of heroes who against all the odds pushed forward to success. No matter the chances, you can always succeed and at least one should never give up. That’s the simple lesson learned from the underdogs’ miracle stories. Iceland reminded us nothing is impossible.

Another reminder for me today was a BBC – published story of Protsahan, whose founder Sonal Kapoor I had the luck of meeting last year. Sonal established the organization to empower girls of Indian slums, providing them the chance for education and even more importantly, providing them a chance for self-discovery and -expression. The organization has shown the girls they are valuable, they are smart and able and that they have a chance to make something better of their lives. The girls have been inspired to fulfill their potential and the means for starting that long journey.

Not everyone will succeed, despite the best intentions and attempts. Success is not just about hard work, passion or attitude. Luck is a factor that belongs to the picture. But the hard work, passion and right attitude are crucial as well and ones that everyone can control themselves. With best attempts given, there’s at least the chance. For slum girls to find their place in the world and for Iceland to champion in football. Anything that inspires people, gives them hope, reminds them of nothing being impossible and influences further positive actions is welcomed and essential in the world.

In midst of the world’s bad and sad news, it’s valuable and refreshing to get something positive fill up the news feeds. We are being called for to go out there, find our passion and make the best out of our lives. Be inspired and inspire others.



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Outi Annala

A sustainability-enthusiast with a master's degree in social sciences and experienced working for public and private sectors and for an international Non-profit organization. Writing about life and all that matters in living a life to the fullest. Passionate about engaging the private sector to the development work, promoting partnerships between companies and non-profit organizations and initiating discussion and debates. Excited about life and living it to the fullest.

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