“Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.” Suzy Kassem
I love the Sunday Morning show with Jane Pauley. For me it’s just the right blend of news and inspiration. And stories. I am always fascinated with the stories. This week as I curled up with my morning cup of coffee I became engrossed with the interview with Robin Wright. You might remember her from The Princess Bride (Princess Buttercup), Forrest Gump (Jenny), Wonder Woman (General Antiope), and House of Cards (Claire Underwood). These are only a few of the roles she has played throughout her 36 year career. The thing that struck me, as it does every time, is what she said about doubting herself. How could this woman who has garnered some of the most amazing roles wrestled with self-doubt?
Almost without fail, every time I see or hear an interview with someone who has attained a high level of success in their career, they reveal the self-doubt that they battled along the way! It got me to thinking about self-doubt and the human experience- mine and presumably everyone else’s. Could it just be that self-doubt is needed? At least to some degree? When we doubt ourselves it’s that little question mark...Can I? Should I? Could it be? How? And what comes next is the nudge, the urge, the wonder. That little inclination that says- maybe. After that, depending on lots of inside and outside factors we do the dance of thinking we can and doubting ourselves.
Seriously, just think about it. How many times in your life have you done this? How many of your ideas, desires, dreams, big and small, have come to fruition? No, I’m serious. Think about it for a minute. A lot, right?! But each time we begin, we go through that process again, we start all over and doubt.
"I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it."
– Kobe Bryant
Yesterday being not only Sunday, but Super Bowl Sunday, I also thought about the teams and everyone who would be performing during the game. Amanda Gorman wa