Walt Disney was told he lacked creativity.
“One of the most creative geniuses of the 20th century was once fired from a newspaper because he was told he lacked creativity. He faced insecurities and his confidence was hit. Then he decided to fight back and persevered, forming his first animation company, which was called Laugh-O-Gram Films. He raised $15,000 for the company but eventually was forced to close Laugh-O-Gram, following the close of an important distributor partner. Desperate and out of money, Disney found his way to Hollywood and faced even more criticism and failure until finally, his first few classic films started to skyrocket in popularity.”
“J.K. Rowling had just gotten a divorce, was on government aid, and could barely afford to feed her baby in 1994, just three years before the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, was published. When she was shopping it out, she was so poor she couldn’t afford a computer or even the cost of photocopying the 90,000-word novel, so she manually typed out each version to send to publishers. It was rejected dozens of times until finally Bloomsbury, a small London publisher, gave it a second chance after the CEO’s eight year-old daughter fell in love with it.”
What is life without insecurities? No one can claim confidently that they are free of all insecurities. There is always some sort of self-doubt that keeps niggling us. The biggest cliché is the idea that high self-confidence is key to career success. It is time to expose this myth. In fact, insecurities are the key to make you more successful.
Self-confidence is only helpful when it’s low. Sure, extremely low confidence is not helpful; it inhibits performance by inducing fear, worry, and stress, which may drive people to give up sooner or later. But just-low-enough confidence and insecurities can help you recalibrate your goals, so that they are more realistic and attainable.
You can turnaround the insecurities and low self-esteem into positives. It’s just a matter of recognising the facts and work upon them. Low self-confidence may turn you into a pessimist, but when pessimism teams-up with ambition it often produces outstanding performance. To be the very best at anything, you will need to be your harshest critic, and that is almost impossible when your starting point is high self-confidence.
The insecurities drive away arrogance, delusions and narcissism from your personality. It makes you vulnerable yet approachable and will attract people to reach out to you. Be friends with the insecurities to attain your goals. It is not a curse but a hidden blessing.