Context, Doubt & Confidence

“Your writing is really good, but your context sucks.”

It often feels like, no sooner do I feel a sense of relief and confidence in what I’m doing, something goes to shit. For example, just when I was starting to feel like I was finding my stride in content, I learn others disagree. It’s less a function of not asking for help when I might need it as it is a false sense of confidence based on incomplete information. (There’s also some counter-productive modesty at play, but that’s beside the point.)

”Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt. That’s the first thing they teach you.” I’ve taken this idea to heart since the first time I saw Ronin. And while it’s easy to see when we’re not sure about things and speak up, balancing the need to hedge confidence with cautious realism and letting fear sabotage truly earned confidence takes a more nuanced approach.

Consider this a reminder to ask for help, but also to temperature check when things are going well.