What would you guess people are most stressed out about in their careers? One might assume that hating your job, or dealing with the frustration of finding a new one, would top the list. But according to the results of an annual survey that I send several thousand readers of my email newsletter, the most common problem people face is that they don’t feel confident.
Readers said things like:
I want to start a business, but I fear looking foolish.
I feel I shouldn’t have been picked for the role I am in. I feel like a sham.
I doubt myself and find it hard to ask for what I want.
These responses are from smart, accomplished individuals. Most of them have advanced degrees. Some of them have earned high-ranking leadership positions at Fortune 500 companies that are household names. Why are they questioning their competence?