Jeremy Côté

Bits, ink, particles, and words.

What’s Holding You Back?

If you’re honest about it, the thing that’s holding you back is usually fear. The fear of being judged for your work, the fear of not being seen, the fear of being misunderstood, the fear of looking like an idiot. These are all fears that we all harbour within us. These feelings are only then amplified when we prepare to put something out into the world that we deem is important to us. After all, we don’t to publicly say, “This is what I did, and I think it’s great” only to be ignored by everyone. That would be a serious hit to the ego, and thus fear holds us back.

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Amazing Accomplishments are a Byproduct

In every domain, from sports to language to the arts, amazing work gets produced every day. If some sort of extra-terrestrial civilization were to somehow look into what gets circulated online at any given moment, they could almost be fooled into thinking everything humans do is great1.

  1. I say “almost” because a good portion of the work that gets posted online is complete nonsense. 

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Cherry Picking

Information is available more freely and readily than ever before. This is something that is evident enough, yet we don’t always consider the implications of such a statement. Because of this wealth of information, it is much easier to have many people who are uninformed spreading information that may or may not be the most accurate. Then, this information ends up getting repeated, before finally rooting itself in someone’s mind, despite being incorrect.

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Doubt

You have two choices when doubt comes your way.

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