Are you having self-doubt?
Self-doubt is something we all face at one point or another in our lives. It’s that little voice inside your head telling you that you can’t do something. But guess what? You can! Just because you have self-doubt doesn’t mean you should give up on your dreams. Some of the most successful people have faced self-doubt and overcome it. In fact, self-doubt is incredibly important in helping you achieve greater things in life.
Friends, welcome back to The School of Greatness. Today’s guest is my friend, Andrew Schulz, who is one of the biggest standup comedians in the country. In this episode, we discuss how to turn your insecurities into confidence, why self-doubt is necessary to achieve greatness ( which I thought was interesting from his point of view), what you should do right now to launch your new career, and so much more. It’s an exciting conversation, so buckle up, and let the class begin.
Andrew Schulz is a popular standup comedian, actor, TV producer, and co-host of the Flagrant 2 podcast. His other popular podcast is The Brilliant Idiots, and both podcasts are getting more than 2 million listeners every week.
His YouTube videos have garnered more than 255 million views, and his latest release on YouTube was The Crowd Work Special, which has more than five million views and counting. Andrew’s comedy album, 5:5:1 was #1 on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, iTunes, and Amazon Music.
Andrew also created and starred in Schulz Saves America on Netflix, a four-part series that tackles the year’s most divisive topics. Andrew was known for his wild, off-the-cuff interactions with the crowd and hilariously unapologetic takes.
Insecurity is something that all of us experience at one point or another in our lives. It can be crippling, leaving us feeling paralyzed and unable to do anything. However, there is a way to turn those insecurities into confidence, and it starts with recognizing them for what they are — self-doubts. Once we understand where our insecurity comes from, we can start to address it and work on building up our confidence.
“In order to be great, you need to have crippling anxiety about your skill level. I think not crippling, but you need to have intense scrutiny, and you also need to have the confidence to do more. So it’s just a crazy balance — like, you need to have the confidence to say something, and you need to have the insecurity to improve.” – Andrew Schultz
In order to achieve success in any field, you need two things: confidence and insecurity. Confidence inspires you to take risks and push yourself beyond your limits. Insecurity motivates you to learn and improve so that you can reach those same heights. Without both of these qualities, it’s impossible to achieve anything great. So don’t be afraid to be confident and insecure at the same time — it’s what makes you successful!
“You need insecurity. I’m grateful for it. You need insecurity. You need to look at somebody. You’ll be like, ‘Oh, they [can] do this better than me. [So,] I need to get better than them.” – Andrew Schultz
In order to build self-confidence, you must first have to understand and accept your insecurities. Once you know what your weaknesses are, you can start working on them and gradually turning them into strengths.
Self-doubt is often seen as a negative force — something that holds us back from achieving our goals. But what if I told you that self-doubt is actually necessary for greatness? Believe it or not, self-doubt is an essential part of the creative process. Without it, we would never take risks and explore new possibilities. So next time you feel like self-doubt is holding you back, remember that it’s actually what’s pushing you forward. Doubt can be your biggest ally in becoming a successful artist, entrepreneur, or anything else you want to be. So don’t let it extinguish your flame of ambition. Instead, embrace it and watch yourself soar!
“We talk so much about confidence, but like self-doubt, you need both. It’s the combination of self-doubt and confidence — confident enough to do the things and insecure or doubtful enough where you [can] get better. Without both, you cannot be great.” – Andrew Schultz
It’s easy to be confident when things are going well. But what about when you’re struggling? That’s when your true character is revealed. Are you the type of person who quits or the type of person who gets up after they fall and strives to be better? To achieve greatness, you need both self-doubt and confidence. Without self-doubt, you’ll never question whether you can do something or not, and without confidence, you’ll never try. It’s these two qualities that make up a great person — someone who is constantly striving to be better. So don’t be discouraged if things aren’t going your way. Remember, it’s this journey that will make you stronger and lead you to greatness.
“If we’re talking about greatness, every great person has self-doubt, and that self-doubt is a massive motivator, but they [need to] have enough confidence to overcome it. … The people who lack confidence and have the self-doubt that they can’t do anything — they can’t get out of their own way. And the people who have too much confidence and have not felt doubt just never really get that great. [If you] want to be great, that requires constant criticism of yourself.” – Andrew Schultz
What separates the greatest people from the rest is their ability to continually criticize themselves. They are never complacent and always strive for excellence. While it’s not always easy to be self-critical, it’s definitely worth it in the end. So don’t be afraid to be hard on yourself — it’s one way to improve yourself for the better, and if you want to advance your career.
Making a career change can be daunting, but it can also be extremely exciting. If you’re considering making a switch, there are a few things to keep in mind as you launch your new career. No matter what stage you’re at in your career, it’s never too late to make a change. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been in the workforce for years, changing careers is always an option. While it may seem scary at first, there are plenty of benefits to pursuing a new path. But how do you do that?
“Create a presence for yourself, and use that algorithmic push.” – Andrew Schultz
When it comes to your career, you need to be proactive. You need to take control and make things happen. One way to do that is by creating a strong online presence. Use social media, build a website, create content — whatever it takes to establish yourself as an expert in your field. Once you’ve done that, use those tools to push your career forward. The opportunities are out there, you just need to reach out and grab them!
Guys, this is such a powerful interview with so many words of wisdom from our special guest, Andrew Schulz. Listen to the full episode for more, and don’t forget to share the episode with those whom you think need to hear it — you could make an impact on someone’s life today.
Follow Andrew on social media. He’s on Instagram and Twitter. You can also subscribe to his YouTube Channel for access to more of his hilarious and fun videos. Check out his website, as well, for updates on his upcoming tours or book a ticket to one of his events.
I want to acknowledge Andrew for his unique way of spreading positivity and good vibes to everyone. Life is full of ups and downs, but it’s important to remember not to take things too seriously. A little humor can go a long way in helping you face life’s challenges, and Andrew is good at adding humor to anyone’s life. So the next time you’re feeling down, try to laugh it off and see how much better you feel.
To conclude this episode, I asked Andrew for his definition of greatness, which needs to be remembered:
“[Greatness is] just being the best and just pushing and continuing to move towards that. … When you exist in greatness, you affect all the people around you. … That is the goal.” – Andrew Schulz
Greatness is simply being the best at what you do and pushing yourself to be better every day — it’s never giving up. If you’re striving for greatness, keep moving forward. Don’t let anyone get in your way. You can do it.
If no one’s told you lately, I just want to remind you all that you are loved, you are worthy, and you matter. Do you know what time it is right now? It’s time to go out there and do something great.