How We Deal With The Cesspool of Self Doubt (FS133)

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Episode 133: How We Deal With The Cesspool of Self Doubt (FS133)

Self doubt is a natural, inevitable and very real part of building a business. And in this episode we share how we think about it, how we process it and how we overcome it.

If you compare yourself to other entrepreneurs, deal with self doubt, or feel the need for validation, you’re going to love this episode. Enjoy!


  • Cesspool: an underground container for the temporary storage of liquid waste and sewage. Do you smell something? It might be your self doubt.
  • “Validation”
  • “How bad can it get?”
  • “I really really hate this topic. {Indiscriminate yelling.}” ~ Barrett
  • Comparing yourself to others
  • Sometimes we lose faith, or, rather, forget the point.
  • Self awareness = knowing what you’re working towards beyond the trophy that others may be playing for. This keeps you from comparison.
  • Refocus on your own metrics. Set a goal to improve something. The metric you choose matters.
  • Refocus on your core audience. Hear what they’re struggling with and let it remind you of why you started this in the first place.
  • Play… have grace on yourself, backup, remind yourself why you like to be alive (if you do).
  • There’s a lot more in the episode, these are just a few of the bits I wanted to pull out.

“Feeling confident — or pretending that you feel confident — is necessary to reach for opportunities. It’s a cliche, but opportunities are rarely offered; they are seized. Given how fast the world moves today, grabbing opportunities is more important than ever.” ~ Sheryl Sandberg

Show Notes

10 Tactics to Better Work-Life Balance

Mindy Kaling’s Guide to Killer Confidence:

“If you’re playing for a trophy, you’re going to get it and realize it’s not what you wanted in the beginning.” – Barrett

Vanity vs. Actionable Metrics: Are you tracking the right stats in your business?

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