Gokyo Ri (Nepal, Himalayan region) Dec 2012

Is uncertainty the secret ingredient to confidence?

I’ve been on quite the roller coaster ride lately. Career hunting has been much more challenging than anticipated.

Gokyo Ri: challenging & rewarding (Nepal, Himalayan region, Dec 2012)
Gokyo Ri: challenging & rewarding (Nepal, Himalayan region, Dec 2012)

I’ve been on quite the roller coaster ride lately. Career hunting has been much more challenging than anticipated. I enjoy ups and downs – generally speaking, preferring big ups and little downs! – as they bring rich learning experiences and make my life that little bit more exciting, but I’ve definitely been looking forward to a longer hike up the mountain.

As I found out, seeking employment can be both the biggest confidence booster or hindrance, and in the last couple of days, it felt more like the latter. Then yesterday, I read a quote by Earl Grey Stevens which said: “Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers, it comes from being open to all the questions.”

Hmm… (brain ticking…)

So, just as courage requires an element of fear, confidence requires an element of unknown. Can this openness to unpredictability or even riskiness lead to greater opportunities and learnings which would otherwise not manifest themselves?

To sit confidently in uncertainty – while being assessed, compared, judged and rated – requires great humility, self-awareness and esteem, courage and incredible strength, as well as a loving and caring support network.

It certainly isn’t an easy feat! But I suppose, just as much as going up the mountain can be…

So I’ll keep hiking through the unknown and remind myself that the pride, sense of accomplishment and personal growth experienced are well worth the climb. And of course, there’s always the view at the top!

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