I wake up many mornings asking myself what am I even doing here.
Why am I even doing all of this.
Who do I think I am?
And then all sorts of insecurities start to crawl in.
I start feeling like everybody else is better than me.
Smarter than me.
More successful than me.
Sometimes that also happens when I sit down and try to write.
And then these exact same thoughts popup again.
Over and over again.
And when that happens I try to remind myself of a few things...
We all have disadvantages.
Some people have more.
Some people have less.
But we all have a choice.
We can either complain about our disadvantages or we can accept them as a part of who we are.
And then use them as our rocket fuel.
If you know that you have to work harder than anybody else to achieve the exact same thing, you can either complain about it and tell yourself how unfair the world is or you can start putting in the work.
Complaining won't get you anywhere.
And it won't change a thing.
Only doing will.
It's your choice...
It might seem like everybody else is high on confidence while you're the only one feeling insecure.
And when I say you I'm really talking about myself.
But the truth is that most people are even more insecure than you are.
They're just pretty good at hiding it.
At faking it...
# NEVER UNDERESTIMATE OTHER PEOPLE'S WEAKNESSES
When I went to university I was constantly worried about failing.
Until I realized something that has stuck with me ever since.
Never ever underestimate other people's weaknesses.
Maybe you think that you really suck.
That you're really bad at what you do.
And maybe you really suck.
Maybe you're really bad at what you do.
But so is everybody else.
That's the only thing that got me through university.
That's the only thing that got me through life.
That's what got me started doing all of the things I now do.
And on and on and on.
I stopped underestimating other peoples weaknesses...
# NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOU
It's true. No one cares about you when you're just getting started.
Just like no one really cared about all those people that are now on top when they were just getting started.
Here's the thing...
We all have to start from the bottom and work our way to the top.
Sure, some people start a little closer to the bottom than others.
But at the end of the day we all have to work our way to the top.
And if you're ready to put in the work to get better at it, then it doesn't really matter if you're starting a few inches closer to the bottom than everybody else.
# QUANTITY LEADS TO QUALITY
Talent doesn't really matter.
No one is good at anything right away.
We all suck when we start something new.
Sure, some people might suck less than others.
But the only way to get better at anything is to do it.
Over and over again.
The only way to quality is quantity.
The more often you do something, the better you'll get.
It's that simple.
And this applies to pretty much everything in life.
Being a good boyfriend.
Being a good girlfriend.
Being a good entrepreneur.
A good writer.
A good public speaker.
A good designer.
A good freelancer.
A good boss.
A good employee.
You get the idea.
You become good at it by being bad at it first...
# YOU'RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH
Maybe you think you're not good enough.
And it's probably true.
You'll probably not be good enough.
But just like I sad.
You've gotta put in the work.
That's the only way to get better.
That's the only way to get good enough.
# YOU'RE TOO OLD
I don't know if you can be too old for something.
Maybe you can.
Maybe you can't.
The only thing I know is that until the age of 28 I had read less than 10 books in my life.
And I only read those because I was forced to read them in school.
Another thing I know is that I almost failed high school because I didn't know how to write.
And now you're reading this right here...
# YOU'RE NOT AN EXPERT
No one starts as an expert.
You become an expert by doing.
Everybody that you know consider an expert wasn't an expert at first.
So what did they do to become experts?
They put in the work.
They showed up.
Over and over again.
That really is the only way.
No one magically becomes an expert.
There's no such thing as an overnight expert.
Everybody you now call an expert did the exact same thing.
And you can do the same.
Everybody can be an expert..
By putting in the work...
# YOU'RE NOT SMART
Maybe you're not smart.
Maybe you really are.
I don't know.
But what I do know is that experience trumps everything.
A lot of people think that I'm smart.
Here's what I usually tell them...
I'm not smart. I just did a lot of stupid things that didn't work...
# YOU CAN'T
A lot of people will tell you that you can't do this.
That you can't do that.
They will tell you that you can't write a book that's only 30 pages long.
That you can't send a rocket to the moon.
That you can't be an actor.
That you can't be a writer.
That you can't be this.
That you can't be that.
But that's exactly what some people pulled off.
Against all odds.
And yes, all of these things might not be possible in their world.
All of these things might not be possible if you do it their way.
But if you find your way and then do it your way, then pretty much everything is possible...