I think we’ve all been underestimated at some point.

And sometimes it’s inevitable — people need time to get to know you and who you really are.

The key is to stay focused and realize that being underestimated has advantages as well.

The following is a collection of quotes that will make you realize how common being underestimated actually is, and how you can turn it into a source of motivation.

Being underestimated quotes

I like being the underdog, so they don’t expect what’s going to happen. It pushes me to work harder and do the things I’m doing better.

Kawhi Leonard

Being ignored is a great privilege. That is how I think I learned to see what others do not see and to react to situations differently.

Saul Leiter

The one that’s different often has the odds stacked against them, but usually ends up with the biggest rewards, so it’s always worth it.

Torron Lee Dewar

I was always the black sheep of the family and was always told I was dumb, and I had a low IQ, and did bad in school.

Francis Ford Coppola

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate.

Sun Tzu

If you are being ignored, that’s a good time to concentrate on finding yourself and creating your own mystery.

Lykke Li

In some ways, it’s better to be undervalued a little than overvalued a lot, just because it’s still easy to believe our best days are ahead of us.

Glenn Kelman

When others tell you you can’t, they actually fear that you can and are even more afraid that you will.

Cherie White

You have to believe in yourself even when others don’t, or you won’t achieve anything.

Billy Idol

Sometimes it takes a lowly, titleless man to humble the world. Kings, rulers, CEOs, judges, doctors, pastors — they are already expected to be greater and wiser.

Criss Jami

Somehow I think it was declared very early on that I was the black sheep of the family, not a very good student.

Dustin Hoffman

You don’t have to appreciate me — I hope you underestimate me. That way, when I have a good game, I’ll hit you even harder.

Chris Bosh

Never underestimate others quotes

Never underestimate someone’s potential when you give them the gift of trust and faith.

Robin Crow

It is the enemy you underestimate who kills you.

Robert Jordan

Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it; not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.

Dave Willis

Golden rule of life: never underestimate your rivals.

Sid Waddell

Respecting your opponent is the key to winning any bout. Hold your enemy in contempt and you may miss the strategy behind his moves.

David Hackworth

Never underestimate anyone. It is the most dangerous form of arrogance.

David Baird

Short quotes about being underestimated

Life is never more fun than when you’re the underdog competing against the giants.

Ross Perot

The great thing about being ignored is that you can speak the truth with impunity.

Steve Aylett

If they don’t appreciate you, they don’t deserve you.

Mary Blige

Victory is a thousand times sweeter when you are the underdog.

Jenny Han

I love when people underestimate me and then become pleasantly surprised.

Kim Kardashian

Don’t underestimate the power of being underestimated.

Tim Fargo

Don’t care what others think quotes

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

John Wooden

As long as you are still worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them.

Neale Donald Walsh

The minute you start caring about what other people think is the minute you stop being yourself.

Meryl Streep

Ignore what other people think. Most people aren’t even paying attention to you.

Amy Poehler

You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.

Richard Feynman

If you have an over-preoccupation with perception and trying to please people’s expectations, then you can go mad.

Benedict Cumberbatch

I am not in this world to live up to your expectations and you are not in this world to live up to mine.

Fritz Perls

By not caring too much about what other people think, I’m able to think for myself and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular. And I succeed.

Albert Ellis

Know and believe in yourself and what others think won’t disturb you.

William Feather

If you worry about what other people think of you, then you will have more confidence in their opinion than you have in your own.

Andy Andrews