… is that I sometimes think someone is talking about me, running me down, when that is actually the furthest thing from his or her thoughts.
I first learned the folly of this habit many years ago when one of my very best friends was involved in a negotiation that was intended to bring me a considerable promotion and a much better position. Except, I foolishly though he was working behind my back to cut me out of his negotiations. Imagine the egg on my face when I angrily confronted him only to be told kindly and politely what the real situation was. Truth be told, “egg on my face” hardly covers it.
Professional insecurity is an occupational hazard as I was recently reminded by another dear friend. What’s the solution? Oh how I wish I could offer some brilliant insight, except as I’ve just revealed, I am still struggling with this very challenge.
However, as I’ve reflected on these circumstances, both the one from the distant past and the one of much more recent vintage; I’m reminded of one of the key truths about being a successful voiceover professional:
It’s not about me. It’s not about you, either.
Keep repeating this truth. Daily. Maybe hourly. It will help.