4 Tim Ferriss Quotes That Will Help You When You’re Doubting Yourself

‘If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too.’

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Everyone experiences doubt, some more than others. And whether it’s in the form of not being able to start up your next big idea, not reaching a personal goal you set, or simply missing a deadline at work, it’s important to recognize that doubt creeps in and freaks us all out.

Chances are you’ve heard of the book “The Four Hour Work Week,” but in case you haven’t it’s a simple but effective book by author Tim Ferriss to help you escape a 9-5 job, motivate you to live wherever your want, and achieve financial freedom. The book does all these things, but its biggest strength is pure motivation. Tim is a huge motivation because he built himself from the ground up and is now rumored to be worth nearly $100 million dollars!

He knows what it's like to experience doubt. Ultimately, the doubt distracts us from our goals or it may even stop us from starting something all together.

The dictionary describes doubt as, “a feeling of uncertainty or lack of conviction.” I just wanted to provide you with the definition so that you can better recognize it. Now I’m going to give you a few quotes to inspire you and tactics to identify that doubt and then turn it into action.

Often we find ourselves questioning everything perhaps because we see others around us achieving their dreams and we may not be exactly where we believe we’re supposed to be. The biggest thing to remember is that life doesn’t come in a one size fits all format.

Here's some motivation from Tim for the next time you're doubting yourself.

“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”

Instead of submitting to the fear, doubt and insecurity, use it to fuel you. At the end of the day you are your own biggest fan and cheerleader, so remember not to underestimate your own abilities. Also, don’t overestimate those that you deem as competition because chances are they’ve been in or even could still be in the same position of doubt as you. They may have powered through it, ignored it, or did whatever they needed to in order to climb the next rung of the ladder of success.

“Doing less is not being lazy. Don't give in to a culture that values personal sacrifice over personal productivity.”

It’s quite difficult to always be “on” especially when it comes to achieving a goal or objective you’ve set for yourself. Tim advises with this quote to not to give in to sacrificing your personal life for the sake of “productivity.” I think that the advice here is that achieving your goals is a delicate balance between hustling hard and “working smart” instead of working hard just for the sake of doing something.

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“By working only when you are most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable. It's the perfect example of having your cake and eating it, too.”

Don’t get discouraged because you may not have inspiration or the wherewithal to work every waking moment. Do some research and also perform your own personal experiments to figure out what hour, season or day of the week, you are most effective. Plan around that time and get what you need to get done.

“The most important trick to be happy is to realize that happiness is a choice that you make and a skill that you develop. You choose to be happy, and then you work at it. It’s just like building muscles.”

You’re in control of your destiny and also of your emotions. If you think about it, being happy is absolutely a choice. It’s something that you’re completely in charge of and doesn’t have much to do with circumstantial or outside elements. Sure things happen that we can’t predict, but it’s how we react and deal with these things, whether they’re setbacks, roadblocks or even distractions that allow us to remain focused on the bigger picture. Tim emphasizes how this is something that will be foreign at first. So remember that being happy is something you have to flex and work on every single day to truly be good at.

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