“Do it so good that people can't doubt it anymore.”
This advice to artists is from the movie about the struggles of women artists, Who Does She Think She Is?*
I'd like to offer a corollary—a quote that I think is more powerful:
“Do it so good that YOU can't doubt it anymore.”
In my experience, it doesn't matter whether others believe in you or not.
What matters is that you believe in yourself. You can't make something happen if you're constantly reinforcing the negative thoughts.
Doubting yourself usually takes one of these forms:
• You doubt your talent.
• You doubt your ambition.
• You doubt your courage.
Most artists have a certain level of confidence, but doubt creeps in from time to time. It could be set off by an event, a conversation, or the alignment of the stars. Whatever it is, you must counter the doubt before it overtakes you.
To Conquer Doubt
Work more. Work less.
Work harder. Work smarter.
Work with others. Work in silence.
Work more meticulously. Work feverishly.
Work on something different.
Work toward a deadline.
Work for a bigger purpose.
Try all of the above. And do it so good that YOU can't doubt yourself anymore.
FINAL WORD: A certain level of doubt can be useful as motivation. Dwelling in doubt can be debilitating. Conquer the doubt. What matters is that you believe in yourself.
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*I believe it was Tiffany Schlain who said this in the film.