The Counterfeit Innovator

I read this quote the other day and related to it:

“The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”

Too much emphasis is put on confidence. We see confident people and we say, yep, that’s leadership material. But a lot of bad stuff comes with too much confidence: arrogance, lack of empathy, selfishness, rigidity.

Yes, you need just enough confidence to get up on the stage and make the pitch or enter the contest or publish the blog post or show the artwork. But you can still feel sick to your stomach about it. That’s completely normal. And we should celebrate people who have fear and push through it. Even if it makes us a little uncomfortable.