Handling Self Doubt

I think the more you know, the more you realize just how much you don't know. So paradoxically, the deeper down the rabbit hole you go, the more you might tend to fixate on the growing collection of unlearned peripheral concepts that you become conscious of along the way.

That can manifest itself as feelings of fraudulence when people are calling you a "guru" or "expert" while you're internally overwhelmed by the ever-expanding volumes of things you're learning that you don't know.

However, I think it's important to tamp those insecurities down and continue on with confidence enough to continue learning. After all, you've got the advantage of having this long list of things you know you don't know, whereas most people haven't even taken the time to uncover that treasure map yet. What's more, no one else has it all figured out either. We're all just fumbling around in the adjacent possible, grasping at whatever good ideas and understanding we can manage to wrap our heads around.


When dealing with self-doubt about one's abilities, remember that what you don't know is a treasure map that less-skilled people don't have.

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 I'm a phony. Are you?
Electronic/World Wide Web>Blog:  Hanselmann, Scott and Ward, Dave (August 17, '11), I'm a phony. Are you?, hanselman.com/, Retrieved on 2013-04-27
  • Source Material [www.hanselman.com]
  • Folksonomies: cognitive bias


    27 APR 2013

     Handling Dunning-Kruger

    Dunning–Kruger effect > Conclusion > Handling Self Doubt
    How does one deal with the self-doubt that comes with knowing just how much you don't know?
    Folksonomies: discipline cognitive bias
    Folksonomies: discipline cognitive bias