Last week while I was innocently taking a walk in a park, I learned that The Wolverine and I have something in common. Before this mind-bending realization, I naively assumed that once a person reaches the top echelons of society, self-doubt evaporates or takes a back seat to a good healthy ego that is confident it has ‘made it.’ In my mind, an A-list actor who meets other giants in the industry, learns how to ace talk shows, and constantly puts themselves in some of the most uncomfortable situations imaginable is one such made-it-type-of-person.
Of course, I was wrong. Imagine my surprise when Hugh Jackman (a.ka. The Wolverine) shared on the Tim Ferriss Show that insecurity is his regular companion.
Okay, so here’s a guy who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and still, his mind defaults to self-doubt. Huh! I can’t help but wonder if self-doubt can be a good sign (but how can that possibly be when it feels so bad?) Perhaps self-doubt is one of the many signs that you are pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, trying big things, and maybe moving society forward.
Do you get a twinge of self-doubt now and then? You are in good company (in a league with superheroes even). Perhaps you can recognize self-doubt as an opportunity and use that energy to drive you.