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. Commitment is finally arriving at that lucid, cocky, confident, place where you no longer allow the pettiness of others, the immaturity of ego or the damaging effects of self-doubt to stop you from achieving your impossible dream. Oh, the demon of doubt will always be lurking in the shadows like a terrorist waiting for his moment to surface and strike. However to the degree that you are ruthlessly, ridiculously, and “crazy-committed” to doing the work that needs to be done; whether it’s completing the album, finishing the script, writing the book, leading your team or launching the site, to that degree the demon retreats into hiding like the rat he is!Doubt what I’m saying? Listen closely to the words of the great writer and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson as he whispers his wisdom to us from the grave: “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.”
J Michael Dolan

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.

Commitment is finally arriving at that lucid, cocky, confident, place where you no longer allow the pettiness of others, the immaturity of ego or the damaging effects of self-doubt to stop you from achieving your impossible dream. Oh, the demon of doubt will always be lurking in the shadows like a terrorist waiting for his moment to surface and strike. However to the degree that you are ruthlessly, ridiculously, and “crazy-committed” to doing the work that needs to be done; whether it’s completing the album, finishing the script, writing the book, leading your team or launching the site, to that degree the demon retreats into hiding like the rat he is!

Doubt what I’m saying? Listen closely to the words of the great writer and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson as he whispers his wisdom to us from the grave:

“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.”


COMMENTS


Posted By

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?)


Posted By

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!

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• START HERE (read time 1:27)
• UNCERTAINTY (read time 1:19)
• STOPPED BY CALAMITY (read time 1:37)
• ART (read time :57)
• AUDACIOUS & UNSTOPPABLE (read time 2:37)
• WRITERS BLOCK (read time 1:47)
• BLOW AWAY DISTRACTIONS (read time :31)
• WAY OF THE CREATIVE WARRIOR (read time :27)
• GOOD BYE LADY LUCK (read time 1:53)
• CONFIDENCE IS EVERYTHING (read time 1:23)
• DEADLINE OR DIE! (read time 1:53)
• THE WIZARDS CLOCK (Read time :47)
• CREATIVE PRIVACY (read time :43)
• THE KOBE IN ME (read time 1:13)
• READY, SET, GO! (read time :47)
• EVE OF DISTRACTION (read time 1:29)
• KEEP YOUR FEET UP! (read time 1:09)
• JUST ONE MORE FOOT (read time 1:57)
• MY MUSE DOESN'T CARE (read time :39)
• MISUNDERSTOOD (read time 1:19)
• DUMP IT! (read time 1:19)
• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)