Confidence is overrated. Instead of waiting for the confidence to show up, take the first step in a moment of courage, even if it’s aberrant courage. Courage is much more important than confidence.
Book: Tribe of Mentors
If we're waiting for something to feel right like a sense of security and confidence before we do it, it's like being on a hedonistic treadmill.
It's like we think we need enough before we do that, but when we get whatever we think we need, we then up the ante. Therefore, we never get satisfied with whatever we think we need before we actually do something. I've also mentioned the treadmill concept before in This Is Water and Weekly I/O #8.
Therefore, for anybody who’s waiting for the confidence to show up, take the first step in a moment of courage, even if it’s aberrant courage. Confidence is highly overrated. Confidence really only comes from repeated attempts at doing something successfully.
Debbie Millman and Tim Ferriss also talked about this concept in the podcast How to Design a Life — Debbie Millman | The Tim Ferriss Show.