Doubt.

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.” – Betrand Russell

But why? When I first read this quotation, I actually felt a weird sense of relief that maybe I’m not the only one in the world that struggles with internal doubt from time to time. Then, I read it again, noting the underlying tone of the statement and thought I should probably be ashamed for being so foolish and doubtful.

As I started to question why fools and fanatics are quite certain of themselves, yet the wiser so full of doubt, this answer came to mind: Fools are senseless and ignorant enough to not allow their thoughts to override emotion and fanatics are so enthusiatically devoted to a cause that they don’t have time to doubt their resolve. And then there are the wise ones that spend considerable time evaluating the many outcomes of the future, analyzing every stepping stone along the way. In this, maybe the wise lose the ability to ignore the logic of the present and follow their heart like the fool while also overlooking the necessity to possess the unwavering enthusiam of the fanatic. In this sense, the wise analysis “tomorrow,” considering their loses more than considering what they may gain. The fool believes all things, logically sound and incredible, and the fanatic is so lost in enthuaism that time to doubt or question appears nonexistent.

From the fool and the fanatic, the wise should take these thoughts: Be willing to be a fool about believing your potential and become a fanatic in your unwavering commitment to your dream.

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