We’re suffering from a crisis of self-belief in which people limit themselves and what they’re capable of achieving.
The entrepreneurial world focuses heavily on casting a vision, as if your vision is the #1 reason you’re either going to succeed or fail. That vision is certainly important, but before you can have a vision, you need to believe you’re capable of achieving something.
Growing up, Dr. Colby Jubenville could barely see and he didn’t think he was enough. However, a support system that instilled resilience and perseverance helped him work through the adversity and restore his self-belief. In this conversation, we explore how he was able to make such a powerful transformation, adversity’s role in change, and why self-belief is so vital.
Colby is an accomplished author, international speaker, professor, business advisor, entrepreneur, and inventor. He holds an academic appointment at Middle Tennessee State University as Special Assistant to the Dean for Student Success and Strategic Partnerships in the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences.
When Colby was born with an eye condition, the doctors told his parents that he was technically blind and the best he could achieve was functional literacy.
Colby’s parents never believed that. Through continuous support, improvement, and struggle, Colby taught himself to see through the cobwebs in his eyes.
Colby’s coaches, teachers, and parents did three extremely important things to help restore his self-belief:
- They made him have conversations he didn’t want to have
- They made him do things he did not want to do.
- They believed Colby could be something greater than he thought was possible, and they reinforced that belief.
We live in a society where belief isn’t appreciated, intentional, or taught… but Colby believes that the two greatest opportunities we have in life are:
- Helping people find their voice (and voice is the intersection of talent, passion, conscience, and need in the world)
- After they find their voice, teaching them to develop, protect, and maintain their confidence.
If you can help someone do both of those things, there’s nothing they can’t do.
People want personal change, and they’re not necessarily afraid of change – but they are afraid of the transition between their current reality and their desired reality. People tend to make that transition bigger in their head than it actually is, so how can we make that transition feel smaller?
Colby says changes comes from “Do. Feel. Think.”
- Colby changed what he did in the weight room and in practice.
- That changed the way he felt about himself and what he could become.
- Eventually, that changed the way he thought about what the future could look like.
“To really be an entrepreneur, you have learn how to use adversity to accelerate growth.”
Don’t be a podcast junkie…
- Learn more about Colby: DrJubenville.com | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn
- Grind Your BE: The Quest for Purpose by Jimmy Hensel
- Managing the Dynamics of Change by Jerald M. Jellison
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