The Power of Doubt


I’m always impressed by Doubt. For me, it’s that little voice that says “you’d better check that”, “I wonder if something has changed”, “is there a new feature”, “does that feature exist”

I’ve realised that it might be a networking super power.

Doubt for Good

  • Doubt makes me review.
  • Doubt makes me check that my assumptions are correct.
  • Doubt ensures that I am more often right.
  • Doubt keeps me humble.
  • Doubt keeps me reviewing technology and operational data.

Doubt of Improvement

But Doubt has some interesting side effects.

  • Reviewing makes me relearn, even when I don’t want.
  • Reviewing help me memorise.
  • Research shows me new things.
  • Checking unearths changes and new features.

Doubt as Evil

Doubt also has a negative side.

  • Too much doubt causes paralysis.
  • Questioning and uncertainty can lead to fear of change or fear of the unknown.
  • Review and research can waste time on topics and problems where the solutions are already know.

One response to “The Power of Doubt”

  1. Doubt sounds like the dual of trust, distrust ?
    It may have a profound impact on human relations if not "handled with care" :)