By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Almost anything you do is peppered with doubt.

It is also peppered with the belief that flavor is less intense than the doubt.

We listen to doubt pepper and let it hesitate or pause us from what we know we can do or think.

It is very spicy.

The doubt pepper reflects our fear.

When you’re afraid, you are challenging yourself, and from the time we were young, we were trying to fear failure more than enjoy success.

You always have to be progressing, or else you find yourself dulling your senses, becoming bored, and losing interest.

People have the bad habit of reminding us of our failures. We take on their opinions as facts — that we are a failure, not that we tried something and it didn’t work out.

Failure is The Voice of Doom that hovers over us.

It calls out to us, but we don’t have to answer it.

After all, it’s not what they call you that’s important.

It’s what you answer to.

What’s also interesting to me is that some people argue to us to slow down when we try to be exceptional.

They try to persuade us that striving to become exceptional is a bad thing.

Their argument translates into, “You don’t want to stand out from everyone else. You are arrogant. You are different.” And worse.

They are like the grandmother in the Rumi poem.

“Your old grandmother says, “Maybe you shouldn’t
go to school. You look a little pale.”

I listened to a podcast where Adam Grant and Malcolm Gladwell were having a conversation in front of an audience. I believe Gladwell commented about how hard it is to identify people who don’t settle for good enough. Then he told the story of one of the people who work for him at Pushkin, his podcast and company, who will take a B+ episode and turn it into an A+ episode.

It’s hard to find the people who suspend out and aspire to excellence.

Excellence does not mean perfection.

Excellence does not mean “good enough.”

To find the excellence within you, the doubt pepper needs to have much less flavor.

Ⓒ The Big Game Hunter, Inc., Asheville, NC 2021


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “NoCareer Angles | Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes. He also hosts Job Search TV on YouTube, Amazon and Roku, as well as on for Apple TV and 90+ smartsets.

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