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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/n">Hell Yeah or No</a>”:</div>
<h1>You don’t need confidence, just contribution.</h1>
<small>2018-08-06</small>
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	Years ago, I was so confident and so naive.
	I was sure I was right and everyone else was wrong.
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	After I <a href="/done">sold my company</a>, I felt ready to do something new, so I started to <a href="/book">learn</a>.
	But the more I learned, the more I realized how little I knew and how dumb-lucky I had been.
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	I continued learning until I felt like an absolute idiot.
	By then I was paralyzed, unable to create anything new.
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	I’d <a href="/projects">start to make new things</a>, but then see how stupid they revealed me to be, so I’d stop.
	I lost all confidence.
	I spent a few years completely stuck.
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	Eventually, some new thoughts helped:
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	Learning without doing is wasted.
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	If I don’t use what I learn, then it was pointless!
	How horrible to waste those hundreds of hours I spent learning, and not turn it into action.
	Like throwing good food in the trash, it’s morally wrong.
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	This isn’t about me.
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	How I feel in this moment doesn’t matter — it will pass.
	Nobody’s judging me because nobody’s thinking of me.
	They’re just looking for ways to improve their own lives.
	<a href="/publicu">The public me is not the real me</a> anyway, so if they judge my public persona, that’s fine.
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	The work is the point, and my work is unique.
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	If I can do something that people find useful, then I should.
	It doesn’t matter if it’s a masterpiece or not, as long as I enjoy it.
	I’ve got my own weird angle on things that’s <a href="/counter">a useful counter-melody</a> in the big orchestra of life.
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	I’m glad my old confidence is gone because it thought I was right, and maybe even great, but not anymore.
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	Now I aim to make my work — my little contribution to the world — just unique and useful.
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