OSS = insecurity

Insecurity is fascinating.

We hide it.

We beat ourselves up for it.

And to top it off, it seems like we’re the only ones who ever feel it.

And yet: It’s the times we feel most insecure that we grow the most.

Take my friend Noah Kagan.

He’s founded two multimillion-dollar businesses. And he lives an amazing life eating tacos in Austin, snowboarding in Vail and working from his laptop in Mexico. (Sign me up!)

But what’s most interesting isn’t his success. It’s how he got there.

After getting an amazing job as employee #30 at Facebook, he faced one of the most difficult periods of his career.

Here’s what he said about working at Facebook.

“We all feel smart. So to be put in a place where every day I’m feeling retarded, like, ‘Wow, I am definitely the dumbest shit here,’ sucked. It sucked… But recently when I was thinking about it, that was my biggest growth period of my life. It was the biggest growth period because I was challenged the most.”

If the average person felt that way at work, they’d probably quit.”
Ramit Sethi.

OSS makes me feel like “Wow, I am definitely the dumbest shit here” too, but it’s also been largely responsible for the biggest professional growth period of my life (so far). With the constant change hitting our industry, I can’t see the chance to get into a comfort zone any time soon either.

Does OSS feel like that for you? If the average person felt that way at work, they’d probably quit, so by implication does that make you a high achiever?

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