266: Insecurity is the enemy

One of the toughest things about life is that if you have self-doubt and insecurity, that manifests itself and holds you back significantly.

I have friend who is one of the most competent people I know; he can light up a room with his storytelling, he’s an excellent communicator, and he’s an overall badass when he’s in his comfort zone but he’s plagued with a deep-down sense of insecurity that he’s not good enough and that if he tries to take risks the world might just let him down. I told him that he has what it takes to succeed, and he said that’s easy for me to say since I have my life figured out. What he doesn’t realize is that I’m plagued with insecurity and self-doubt all the time. Many times, I find myself in a situation where I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, and I’m just trying to figure it out as I go. Every day I’ve come across moments that I’ve been unsure of what to do, but I’ve projected confidence and made those around me feel secure and think that I can be trusted. 

Many people assume that successful people have everything figured out and that’s not true at all. 90% of being successful is just having the confidence and acting like you know what you’re doing. The most important part of driving success is convincing yourself and others around you of your own confidence.

People  who are insecure and afraid to take risks will find it difficult to get ahead in life. Most people are held back by their insecurity because true success is only achieved when you get out of your comfort zone. Many people have incredible work skills; they’re good at management, at communication, at entrepreneurship, but they’re afraid to take the risk to find success. Yet there are many incompetent people who are not good communicators who make phenomenal money because they have confidence in themselves and what they do.

By all measures of conventional wisdom, I should not be successful, but I have confidence, and I am able to squash self-doubt. So, if you are scared, if you want more out of life, I’ll tell you that life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Nothing good happens to people who don’t take risk. You must embrace uncertainty.

Three Key Takeaways:

  1. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone – anything in life worth doing takes a little bit of courage and comes with uncertainty.
  2. It’s not the most competent or smartest among us who end up ruling the world – its the people who are willing to take a risk and put themselves out there.
  3. The most successful people you know all face insecurity and self-doubt, but they’re pros at handling it.

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I started the Sweaty Startup in December of 2018 because I believe the Shark Tank and Tech Crunch culture is ruining the real spirit of low-risk entrepreneurship.