Self Doubt

2 Nov

When Facebook recently moved to their new office, Mark Z posted a video of the same. It was a walk through, of his desk, his discussion room etc.
No jazz
All content

I loved it
And remarked to my colleague that we should do the same when we start our new office
He replied “he is Mark Z. Any video of his will look good. We are not Facebook yet”

This is how most of feel. This is how most of us operate.
However, I am pretty sure that Mark Z doesn’t get up every morning thinking he is someone big. He gets up wanting to do the same things he wanted to do 10 years back. Just that the scale has changed. But never for a moment would he have thought he is any lesser.

When I was young I used to love chess. And everyone around me was better than me. But each time I used to start a game, I used to ask myself – what is it that they know that I can’t know.
Never for a moment did I used to doubt my ability to win.
And I used to fail.
Almost always
But this attitude made me learn much faster than I would have otherwise.

Every single day when you wake up
Tell yourself that there is nothing
Nothing at all
That can make you lose today
Except your own belief

Self doubt has killed more people than self confidence ever will

3 Responses to Self Doubt


Mayuri Srivastava

November 2nd, 2015 at 12:20 pm

When I was growing up, I thought I could fly to the moon or reach the core of the earth (after reading “a journey to the center of the earth” :D). It was only in college that I was surprised to meet these super-acheivers who worried if they can succeed in pettiest of things. Many falling prey to drugs and depression owing to self-soubt of whether they are good enough. It was quite an eye-opener for me.

As you beautifully summarized, “Self doubt has killed more people than self confidence ever will”. Good read as usual.



November 5th, 2015 at 12:01 pm

Your posts are really inspiring. Ever thought of writing a book?



November 5th, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Hahah! Will simply reprint the blog :)

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