This reflection is inspired by this week’s Startup Edition, “What mistakes have you made?”
I was recently asked to teach a course on Adii Pienaar’s new entrepreneurship education startup, PublicBeta. My immediate response was one of self-doubt.
Insecurity. Uncertainty. Hesitation.
We all self conscious, I’m just the first to admit it.
This bar from (the confident) Kanye West stuck with me since his album debut, as a reminder that we all have self-doubt. How we react to those doubts is what matters.
Every great engineer, entrepreneur, and teacher started somewhere with just enough confidence to believe in themselves.
Don’t allow a lack of confidence hold you back from pursuing great opportunities and moving forward. Yes, unfamiliarity and the pursuit of the unknown instigates unconfident emotions. But remember, fear is healthy; a fear of fear is not.
It’s natural to avoid “scary” opportunities. Instead of retreating from Adii’s offer, I will embrace the challenge. Look forward to a future announcement of the course and sign up for my email list or follow me on Twitter (@rrhoover) for updates.
Read the mistakes of other founders, hackers, and designers at Startup Edition.