Have you ever known the answer to a question, but decided not to say it?
You second guess yourself, right? You just know that it’s the right answer, but there’s something hindering you in the back of your mind—telling you maybe you’re wrong, reminding you that if you speak up and are incorrect, then everyone will see it happen.
It’s actually been studied and proven that people with higher I.Q.’s doubt themselves much more than your average joe. Because people with higher intelligence can recognize all the information that they do not know yet, it makes them feel as if they actually aren’t smart. That can make having confidence difficult, and I know I’ve been skeptical to trust myself at times.
But chances are if you speak up about what you think, you’re going to find people who are like-minded and agree with what you say. Obviously that won’t be everyone, and you will certainly have to defend what you believe at some point, but if you don’t give it a shot—you’ll never know. And if you are passionate about what you believe, then it’s worth it to open your mouth, right?
Just because something takes longer for you to grasp, or maybe you don’t get the hang of it on the first try—it doesn’t mean you’re stupid. We all learn at different paces and various forms. You just gotta find what works best for you and go with it. I believe in you, and I’d like for you to believe in yourself, too. I know you can.