The burden of self-doubt

There are times when I look at my record of accomplishments, factor in
the rate at which I've acheived them, extrapolate outward, and
conclude that I will absolutely, certainly be a successful author.
True, I'll be 168 years old, but statistics don't lie.

What's most interesting about this calculation is that it's entirely
within my power to change. I can:

* write more stuff, faster

* write better stuff

* change my definition of "success"

In thinking about self-doubt, I find that it is nearly always
punctured by understanding that my success as a writer is not a
function of what other people do or think. It derives from my attitude
and my efforts.

Is self-doubt a burden? It is for me, but it's one I can handle. I'm
confident of that.

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