A Life of Doubt

My husband always jokes that I have an outsized ego for my petite 5’1″ stature. I clearly have a bit of a Napolean complex.

It was this completely unwarranted confidence that allowed me to be crazy enough to quit my corporate job and pursue something creative. However, over the last two years, I’ve never been filled with such doubt. Creative work is incredibly hard even if you have the knack and taste for it. It never feels finished. It never feels good enough. And everyday you wonder, “Am I creating work that matters?”

So what can you do about all this doubt? The video below spoke to all the emotions I feel on a daily basis, and provided some comfort and advice. It’s well worth a watch for any aspiring creator or maker. If you’re a This American Life fan like I am, the familiar voice of Ira Glass will provide additional comfort.

My days are still filled with doubt and disappointment but they are also filled with constant creation, and the more I create, the less room there is for doubt. I hope the same goes for you.

4 thoughts on “A Life of Doubt

  1. Darren Stehle

    YES! Thanks for posting this, Jess.

    I am in the process of ‘years’. I totally relate to this idea of ‘my taste’ and not feeling like my creative work is ‘good enough’ yet. It does take a massive amount of output to close that gap, and we cannot determine the distance. We can only KEEP PRODUCING, with an eye towards improvement.

    PS… your emails, and content on CookSmarts is TRULLY stellar. You have done the work, and your content is now SPECIAL!


  2. Markita

    Thanks for sharing this. I appreciate a message like this that acknowledges how difficult it can be when you’re just starting out, and I totally feel what you’re going through. Keep it up girl – you seriously a huge inspiration for me and a lot of other people out there 🙂


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