The Prescription for Self-Doubt: Watch This Video


Business icons, superstar professional athletes, billionaires — it doesn’t matter how rich or how accomplished — I’ve had them all tell me the same thing…

There are moments when you feel the world is too much. Days and even weeks when you want to (or perhaps do) pull up the covers and half-sleep in bed until nightfall, avoiding a feeling of hopelessness that seems insurmountable. Long-awaited deals fall through without warning, haters attack you without reason or fact, circumstances turn good decisions into awful realities — sometimes it just feels like the deck is stacked against you and there is nothing you can do about it.

I’ve felt the same on more than a few occasions, and more are coming.

Entrepreneurs in particular seem prone to feeling on top of the world one minute, only to feel crushed by it the next.

To this breed, I assure you all: in our species, it’s normal.

It’s an integral part of building anything remarkable, whether a business, a relationship, or a life. Expanding your sphere of comfort and abilities comes with a cost: repeated self-doubt.

I thank my mother for forwarding me the above video to put things in perspective. In your moments of self-doubt, I encourage you to watch it and meditate on all of the things you’ve done that you once considering impossible. The odds you’ve overcome, the critics you’ve proven wrong, and the small defeats that — through making you stronger and smarter — made huge victories possible later.

Get back up. Bigger and better things are waiting for you.

Related and suggested reading:
Harnessing Entrepreneurial Manic-Depression: Making the Rollercoaster Work for You
Depression: How You Label Determines How You Feel

Posted on: January 12, 2009.

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299 comments on “The Prescription for Self-Doubt: Watch This Video

    • This was a great post Tim thanks for the video its some great insight. I know being an Entrepreneur self doubt can be one of the biggest opsticals. Procrastination is your worst enemy along with self doubt. Its Important to keep your self goal oriented and stay focused completling one task after another until the day is finally over… or at least you get a point were you can justify stopping for the day, the day is truely never over when you own your own business.


    • Please re-read the following sentence:

      “I encourage you to watch it and meditate on all of the things you’ve done that you once considering impossible.”

      I think you meant “considered” not “considering”.


  1. Wow, What a wonderful man!
    I’ll be bookmarking this vid to revisit when I need a boost.

    Tim, your book and blog rock. You’re a fountain of inspiration.
    Thanks for all you do. :)


  2. I once listened to a speaker who talked about throwing yourself a “pity party.” The idea was that you would just give in and wallow in self pity, but only for 15 minutes. And once you’d cathartically released the pity, move on.

    When these things happen, and happen they certainly do, I think it’s good to just give yourself a day to close the curtains and retreat from the world rather than try to “man up” or tough it out. Sometimes you just have to turn off the switch and recharge the emotional batteries.

    But once that is done the key is to just get back in the game. You don’t have to get right back on top of the world immediately, in fact you should most definitely avoid trying. The key is simply to get yourself back in play. Things will inevitably start going your way again. One thing leads to another and feeling on top of the world again takes care of itself.


  3. Hi Tim,

    Amy here. Yes, you’re assistant! You’ve made my day! After one of the longest most stressful days, not from your work of course, other ‘matters and circumstances’, you have captured in word, and in the video, the strength that each one of us possesses. Thanks Dude, for the happy post, you rock!

    — Amy


  4. Your posts are always very insightful, informative, and inspiring. Every post is a meaningful post and bring up new ideas that I haven’t seen before. In no way are any of your posts generic or repetitive.

    I definitely enjoy how you’ve conquered your fears. Not only that, but doing it in effective and efficient ways. I’m working on conquering ballroom and have started investing time in it – recently signing up for a class and learning as much as I can from students in the class who have been there for quite sometime. Conquering a fear is one of the best feelings in the world.

    This post really hit the spot. Thanks for all the shared ideas!


  5. Wow Tim. Thank you for sharing this and thank your mom for sending it your way. Just when I was thinking that the doubts I face about my self and choices I’ve made were big – this comes along and humbles me. I’m grateful for the opportunities I have to make a difference for the people I care about. I’m grateful to you because your book (and now blog too!) inspired me to open up to things I’d never imagined doing. This fellow is a reminder to us all of the power of our thoughts and intentions. Be the change! Peace.


  6. Incredible guy – and he is so absolutely right.

    I once knew a guy (in Belgium) who couldn’t move – he was lying in his bed full time. The only thing he could move was his head.

    And yet, he owned his own private company, and was very successful doing so.

    These people do inspire us!

    Thanks to your mom for sharing :-)



  7. I find temporal skills really help – either drawing from the past, or projecting in the future.

    When that won’t work, there’s a comfort in knowing that you made your best play for the current situation. And when you get knocked down, you get up again with another lesson under your belt of how not to do something.


  8. All to often we find ourselves focusing on the negatives and not looking back on all the things we have actually achieved. Often, we achieve some great things on auto-pilot without even realising. Self doubt is a stumbling block for many high achievers, but with perspective through insights such as this we can overcome this and realise that most of the time we do truly do some amazing things.

    Nice simple post with a strong message Tim, I like it.


  9. Tim, thanks for posting that, refreshing reminder of all the amazing things going on in the world.

    Chris, I agree, so often we don’t notice our accomplishments or the people we have affected because we haven’t reached the desired outcome yet – I’ve found that it’s often in those low moments of introspection that the realisation of how much we have done comes!