There are several things that motivate underdogs to perform at their best. The highest motivation for underdogs to win is that they have something to prove to those that have labeled them underdogs. The underdog feels that they have to show the world that they are someone to not take lightly. Another thing that motivates the underdog is that they have nothing to lose, which can mean that they take more risks. Lastly, sometimes being the underdog can mean that they have other talents to show. A sports player may not be a good player, but may be a good referee or coach.