Seth Godin on the danger of conflating confidence with certainty
Today’s post by Seth Godin is short and to the point. He addresses people who seem to have no doubts and who think having any doubts are a problem. Godin says they’re not though. In fact:
Certainty is a form of hiding. It is a way of drowning out our fear, but it’s also a surefire way to fail to see what’s really happening around us.
If you’re certain, you’re probably not prepared for the unexpected, and sooner or later, you’re going to be badly surprised.
This rings so true. I’ve seen it in my own life and in the lives of those around me. We trick our mind into a state of certainty so that we can shut out all doubt and fear.
It may work for a while, but ultimately it stops us seeing what’s really happening around u s— and it will hurt us.
The truth is that while confidence is empowering, certainty is blinding. The moment we embrace certainty, we close our minds to any other possibilities. We lose our ability to adapt.
That’s why it’s so important to always remain persuadable and choose confidence over certainty. That is how we will maintain a posture that keeps us prepared for the unexpected.