Have you ever felt that strange sense of self-doubt creeping in out of nowhere? It typically rears its ugly head just as you are doing well, making you second guess your decisions or fear that you’ll lose it all.
That awful feeling has a name, it’s called Imposter syndrome, and most people have had it at some point in their careers. You might be surprised to hear some famous names such as actress Emma Watson, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg have all suffered from it.
So how do you keep up the momentum without getting burnt out or over stressed? Here are some wise words from highly successful people to help lift your spirits and keep you on track.
“The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that’s changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
“Startups are emotional roller-coasters: entrepreneurs can shoot from despair to euphoria multiple times a day. Some people hate that, some find it’s the best thing in life.” – Guillaume Decugis, CEO of Scoop.it
“You’ll learn more in a year as a founder than you will in a lifetime of working for a big corporation… You have your fingers in a hundred different pies and get to work on the most interesting thing of all: something you’ve created.” – Tom Preston-Werner, Founder of GitHub
“Confidence doesn’t come from knowing you’re right – it comes from being okay with failing.” – Mike Monteiro, Mule Design
“Successful entrepreneurs develop products that inspire their passion. They have to. It’s that passion that gets them through the long, arduous, uncertain and frightening early days of a start up.” – Mitch Kapor
“I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple
“You could have a million ideas, but they’re all worthless if you don’t get them done.” – Lauren Amante
“Don’t compare your chapter 1 to my chapter 15. Write your own success story.” – John Rampton, founder of Due.
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