On Self Doubt

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Like any modern day entrepreneur, doubt creeps into my routine from time to time. Of course, this doesn’t tend to occur on my schedule, so I can never truly be prepared. “Startups are like roller coasters” is what we’ve all been told, and boy were they right.


 

Kobe Slump

 

Here’s what former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said about a shooting slump Kobe Bryant was in a couple seasons ago: “You got to work through it. There’s no solutions, otherwise no one would ever go through a slump. You wouldn’t have that word. That’s why you have them and people do go into it at different times of the season. There’s a lot of things that go (into it). Try to keep your head, try to keep things simple and keep moving forward.” 

As a recreation baller myself, and one whose sole value on the court is spot-up shooting, I’ve gone through my fair share of shooting slumps. (Did I just compare myself to Kobe?!) My solution has always been to keep shooting and power through it. I had the confidence that the slump would end at some point and my only goal was not to let it break me.

At Y Combinator’s Startup School here in NYC last week, Zach Sims, the co-founder of Codecademy, spoke about what he learned from the very early days of his startup. One sentiment that jumped out at me was that “it pays to be a cockroach“.

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That means you keep on going, never dying, blasting through hurdles and challenges and sticking points. And that’s the best way I’ve seen to beat the inevitable moments of self doubt.

Well, that and being able to confidently say “fuck it!”.

Or, “act as if”:

 


Today’s Beats: F.U.T.W by Jay-Z


 

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