Throughout my life I’ve had many people underestimate me, as well as others who have overestimated my talents. Flattering as the latter may be, the overestimations are just as problematic, if not more so; especially when someone has a financial investment in them.

Over time, though, I’ve realised that it doesn’t matter how people judge you. Knowing who you are and what you’re capable of, as well as pushing yourself to amaze even your own estimations, I find the most rewarding.

How, or whatever another thinks about us is unimportant. Yes, we may have some better chances in life if people overestimate our talents and abilities, but in the end, isn’t it great to see another’s estimations of us grow in line with our abilities over time, rather than see them decline?

I’d never even seen a screenplay before writing one that went on to became an award-winning film. Even my own family told me I shouldn’t even try. But ignoring their well-meaning but false estimations of me meant I could forge on and amaze even myself without the fear of failure.

We are simply the result of our own estimations of ourselves. If we believe we can’t do something, we probably won’t try. Or if we do, we might well give less than 100% whilst doing it.

Be bold, brave and ballsy. Never listen to those who say you can’t or shouldn’t. If you want to do something, go for it and amaze yourself at what you achieve, whatever the outcome. We are the sum of what we believe our abilities are, not what they actually are today. Live, learn, grow and amaze yourself… not others.

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