I'm a skeptic at heart. I adopt the old adage that only the paranoid survive. Which on it's face seems pretty logical. The world isn't always a safe place. In business you can almost always be sure that someone is trying to take your business from you. So being skeptical is a good thing, right?
Well yes, it is. Only, if you don't pepper your general skepticism with some self-belief, you can doubt yourself. I'll be honest. I've doubted myself on many occasions in the past. Recently though I've started to doubt myself less. I suppose that probably has a lot to do with gaining more experience.
Don't get me wrong, I've always had belief in myself to do the right thing and make the right decisions when it counts. The logical decisions are easy, they're quantifiable. As Warren Buffet once famously said "I've made decisions that have cost us billions, but conventional accounting doesn't record that... But trust me it happened."
I just sometimes feel that maybe I could have made a better decision. Extracted a bit more value. It's that 20/20 hindsight that makes me doubt my decision making abilities by times. Like I said though, my experience is changing how I make decisions. It's giving me more confidence that I'm making better decisions every day. I guess that is just how life works.
When you're young and starting out in business, you're so afraid of failing, you're so afraid of making bad decisions, but I guess it's true what they say, we learn from our mistakes, our failures make us stronger, and experience can't be bought.
My advise to anyone starting out in business, is if you're unsure about something, ask someone. Maximise your chances of making good decisions. Don't expect to always make the best ones, but maximise your chances. Have belief in yourself, without that you're going no-where. Focus on the details, but don't get bogged down in the little things. Pick yourself up and carry on. Remember, you had enough belief in yourself to start, nothings changed.
"If you're willing to keep moving forward, eventually you will succeed."
All opinions and views expressed are my own, they do not necessarily reflect the positions of my businesses.
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