A few days before I have to talk in front a lot of people, I get this queasy feeling in my stomach that won’t go away. I don’t want to eat. I just want to cancel so I don’t have to deal with the stress. My hands get sweaty before I get on stage. I feel like I want to run away. And then I walk out there, do what I have to do and everything works out fine. I’m usually even pretty exhilarated by the time I get done.
A lot of success advice centres around the idea of “being honest with yourself about the things you’re good at and pursuing those things relentlessly”. We’re told that all successful people can be boiled down to a paragraph that states their chosen field and the personal style that allowed them to be successful.