Sir Richard Branson hanging out of the window of a Virgin Galactic spacecraft holding a model of the same spacecraft
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Richard Branson’s 3 Best Tips for Overcoming Self-Doubt

Jessica Stillman

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As even a quick glance at Richard Branson’s biography proves, the Virgin founder and all-around adventurer isn’t the kind of guy to let doubt stand in the way of an outlandish goal. But just because Branson personifies the swashbuckling, risk-taking entrepreneur, that doesn’t mean he never experiences self-doubt.

Like his fellow space company founder Elon Musk, Branson confessed recently on LinkedIn that he, too, is human and is sometimes haunted by doubts. He just refuses to be stopped by them.

So how does he overcome fear when it threatens to stand in the way of his outsize dreams? His first move, he writes, is to remind himself “of all the brilliant innovations and discoveries that would have come to nothing if their inventors had given in to their doubts.” His next is to try a handful of practice fear-busting techniques he graciously shares with readers.

1. Talk it out.

Left in your head, doubts can metastasize or return in an endless loop of unproductive rumination. Rather than worry over the same fear over and over again, it’s better to let the air in with a little conversation and a fresh perspective.

“It’s always a good idea to discuss any doubt you have with colleagues and friends, and to really listen to their feedback,” Branson…

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Jessica Stillman

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