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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!

““Entrepreneurship is a balance of self confidence and self doubt.” ~ Corbett Barr”

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“How We Deal With The Cesspool of Self Doubt”


  • 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

There Is No That

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

The Five Minute Journal

““You have to learn to love the effort divorced from the result.””

The Top 10 Mistakes in Online Business

Every week we talk with entrepreneurs. We talk about what’s working and what isn’t. We talk about successes and failures. We spend time with complete newbies, seasoned veterans, and everything in between.

One topic that comes up over and over again with both groups is mistakes made in starting businesses. Newbies love to learn about mistakes so they can avoid them. Veterans love to talk about what they wish they had known when starting out.

These conversations have been fascinating, so we compiled a list of the 10 mistakes we hear most often into a nifty lil' guide.

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