Seth Godin asks what the opposite of confidence is.
It’s not anxiety.
And it’s not panic.
The opposite of confident is not confident. Unsure.
Being unsure can be healthy. It can help us focus on how we can make our work more likely to become the contribution we seek.
But anxiety and panic have nothing to do with an informed understanding of how the world is unfolding.
The lack of informed understanding makes us uncertain and, in turn, induces anxiety and panic. I’m confident when I have informed understanding. Where can I get an informed understanding of how the world is unfolding?