NO DOUBT (Read time 1:17)
In my 200 years of running a media company, consulting with CEO’s and working with artists, nothing I’ve ever seen can take down a legend or stall the progress of a promising fledgling faster than doubt. Doubt is deeper than worry, more viral than certainty, rivals confidence and can indefinitely delay a worthwhile project with one simple, sophomoric word, “Really?”
Doubt’s prey of choice is artists & entrepreneurs because they’re the ones who play on the risky, skinny branches of life. Doubt causes CEO’s of multi-billion dollar corps to have sweaty, sleepless nights, and forces remarkable unconventional, groundbreaking artists to toss in the towel—or at least become so scattered, unfocused and uncertain that absolutely nothing worthwhile gets produced. And while the arch-rival of doubt may well be “confidence,” there’s only one thing that obliterates doubt quicker and more completely than anything else; “Commitment.” Once commitment enters the ring, the odds of doubt even making it through the first round are slim.
“Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.”
Doubt and action are itcbmpaniole. Hmmm. Gonna have to think about that. I'm filled with doubt, all the time, but I keep doing the dew, anyway. I think so, anyway. I could be wrong. Or maybe not. (another cup of doubt, anyone?)
Doubt and action are ibnimpatocle. Hmmm. Gonna have to think about that. I'm filled with doubt, all the time, but I keep doing the dew, anyway. I think so, anyway. I could be wrong. Or maybe not. (another cup of doubt, anyone?)
|Posted By Paula Maya|
| NO DOUBT |
Love all the posts. Everybody has their own version of doubt in their lives.
|Posted By Spunky Munkey|
| Nice |
This sounds also like the perfect solution for stage fright.
|Posted By Rick Norris|
| Doubt and faith |
Is the loss of faith the same as doubt? You can lose faith in God, your spouse, or your own abilities. Is that the same as doubt,or is doubt more like external forces stopping you and not internal forces?
|Posted By Mario|
| Doubt |
Salman Rushdie, in "Satanic Verses" says that the opposite of belief is not disbelief (disbelief is simply another type of belief which sits on the opposite side) but DOUBT which sits at the fulcrum point between the two beliefs. As such, doubt can perform a useful balancing role in one's life when strong beliefs are at war with each other. On the other hand, I totally agree that doubt can also be the enemy of action when it is completely appropriate. Muhammad Ali claims that he beat George Foreman by banishing all doubt from his mind that he could do so, when even his trainers were doubting it. I agree with Jon that a little doubt can sometimes be a good thing, but I also believe that the wrong doubt can suffoctae one's creative abilities. Allow me to paraphrase that famous prayer, "Give me the strength to never doubt what I can achieve, the grace to accept the doubts which teach me what I cannot, and the wisdom to know the difference between the two."
|Posted By Missy B.|
| Right On Time |
Thanks Michael. As usual, you are RIGHT ON TIME!!!
|Posted By Rachel|
| Oh so fragile... |
Like the violins thin walls...formed to offer its most beautiful sound , so too fragile humanity does not hold too tightly to the song released from the divine..
|Posted By Michael Baskins|
| Doubt |
Doubt creaps into dreams and goals and commitment can be strong as long as your goals are in line with reality. Great article!
|Posted By Matt Moran|
| Thank you |
Michael, Having gone through a dark period of doubt and emerged, I wrote a declaration of independence. http://www.kreativeknowledge.com/2011/12/15/declaring-independence-permission-needed/ For me, the clarity of vision has been there a long time. I've allowed doubt and analysis of past failure - rather than focusing on past and current successes.
|Posted By Michael Warner|
| Doubt |
There is a balance to doubt's advantages and disadvantages. When I'm writing/recording music, it is doubt which makes me put in the effort to lift the standard higher and give myself more "margin for error" if I feel that some of the work is not of sufficient quality. But I agree overall with the tone of the article. Overcoming doubt is a significant achievement.
|Posted By lili|
| doubt |
Doubt is to manifestation of dreams what sin is to ascension of the soul. A little bit will set your sights higher, too much will hamper the possibility.
|Posted By Loni Specter|
| No Doubt |
"Doubt is the arrow that penetrates the armor of conviction"
|Posted By Michael Dolan|
| TYPO |
Hey Tribe! Thanks for pointing out the typo, and giving me the benefit of the DOUBT!
|Posted By Thomas Thomtas|
| sloth |
a very close second cousin to doubt is sloth. just doing nothing can be very appealing at times. and so,the human, possessing the human condition, surveys the horizon for some way to make that happen. ah - there it is! doubt! everyone else doubts me, i may or may not doubt me, but there, right there, is the highway to the couch and the mindless bliss of unproductive oblivion. i have seen sloth masquerade as doubt, but it's really just rationalization to achieve the endstate of nothing.
|Posted By Jon|
| Vulnerability |
Yes. It certainly would be nice to never feel doubt. But, I am sure it has contributed to what turned out to be some great creations. A little vulnerability (stemming from a little doubt, perhaps? Like, a great improvisor playing hi-level jazz in real time may in an instant decide not to go down a certain musical road-and have a momentary lapse-before finding a better 'avenue', ultimately leading to a better and deeper solo) can be the key ingredient that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats, waiting with baited breath to experience what may or may not come next. I am certain it has contributed to 'goose-bump' moments for an audience. Cockiness is rampant. The sense of human vulnerability in this ego-driven era is becoming more and more rare, and I am not sure that is a great thing for art. But I appreciate the pep-talk just the same!
|Posted By Suza Leon|
| Doubt |
When doubt and fear come knocking...answer the door with confidence and suddenly...poof...they are gone!
|Posted By ctmartin|
| Doubt |
I love this quote from Shakespeare (I think)... "Our doubts are traitors that make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt."
|Posted By Nick|
| doubt |
Doubt sneers at confidence and even commitment. I personify it as the bully on the playground, whose purpose is to bring me down and defeated. If I let Doubt break me, the gift will be given to someone more courageous, That's the choice.
|Posted By Rami|
| Truth |
I am committed! But If I tell the truth I always have that demon of doubt following me around. When I write, perform or just do the "show business" related to my career, I always have doubt leaning over my shoulder.
|Posted By Trevor Beckworth|
| Doubt |
I must be a real pro because my entire acting/music career is surrounded by doubt and fear!