If you’re a decent human being, you’ll doubt yourself. If you’re a decent artist, you’ll doubt yourself even more.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to glamorize the “suffering artist” troupe, it’s just that doubt comes form self reflection, from self analysis and evaluation.
Only idiots and assholes think they’re awesome 100% of the time (and yes, you can quote me on that).
So doubt will be something you’ll have to learn to live with. This will be a more constant visitor for some, and a bigger struggle for others; but if you’re looking to improve whatever it is you do, and you’re trying to grow as a person, doubt will creep up on you from time to time.
This doesn’t mean doubt has to win.
What I mean by that is that you only need doubt to do its job (aka. keep you on your toes), but you don’t (and shouldn’t) let it defeat or define you.
Don’t let doubt become fear and self-sabotage. Keep showing up. Keep making good work. You are likely not perfect, but that doesn’t mean you’re not great anyway.
And you know what? Even if you aren’t great yet, you’re working to get there, and that puts you ahead of 90% of the world’s population.
Keep dreaming. Keep grinding. Keep hustling.
Doubt will always be there, like your shadow, but hopefully time will make it a much more quiet roommate.
This post is part of a series where I’ll be reflecting on what I’ve learned in my 20s. You can read the intro HERE.