Composing Career Bootcamp

🧭 Embrace The Journey, Not The Destination

🧠 mindset May 02, 2023

Let’s face it:

If you’re a composer, you deal with self-doubt. 😔

We often feel like imposters. Our work isn’t good enough to share. Our beliefs aren’t backed by enough experience. And once people learn the truth about us, we’re done for.

But there’s a reason we feel this way.

And it’s called the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Here’s how it works… 💡

Humans have a cognitive bias where confidence is inversely related to experience.

In other words...

The more you know, the more you’re aware of what you DON'T know.

That creates doubt and insecurity.

(Conversely, if you’ve just begun learning something, you tend to overestimate your abilities, thinking you’ve got it all figured out long before you have.)

But here’s the truth:

There’s ALWAYS more to learn. Don’t let it discourage you.

Turn the Dunning-Kruger effect on its head. 🔄

Acknowledge the growth you’ve made. Each piece you create is a stepping stone to greater artistic expression. When self-doubt creeps in, remind yourself of your progress. Remember that doubt indicates experience, and experience indicates wisdom.

Every composer doubts their abilities. Accept and allow doubt, but don’t let it hold you back.

Keep learning, keep sharing, and most importantly, keep creating. 🎶

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