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Aug 3rd, 2016 Share: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn

The Voices In Our Head

You know that niggling voice in your head? The one which tells you that you are not smart or experienced enough? The one which asks you “Who are you to do this?”. The one which inserts doubt into every ounce of confidence you have?

We all have them.

Every entrepreneur I know (myself included) will tell you (if they are honest enough with themselves) that they are riddled by self-doubt. Once upon a time this mechanism was useful — as it prevented you from being eaten by a sable tooth tiger or trampled on by a woolen mammoth. Today — not so much.

The hard part is that you will not get rid of those voices. But you can put them into their place and quieten them.

Simply ask yourself the question: Is it true?

Typically the voices are white lies. They are not factually true but a feeling and/or a hypothesis. “I haven’t studied machine learning, thus I am not good at it.” Maybe. But maybe not. It surely is not universally true.

Once you established that it is not true (at least not true with a capital “T”), turn the sentence on it’s head and create a positive: “Because I haven’t studied machine learning, I have the ability to tackle problems from an unconventional angle.”

Now feed this new narrative to yourself. And free your ego from your demons.

You’re fine. Always were, always will be.

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