Why Actual Experience is the True Key to Believing in Yourself: Advice From Dr. Drew

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We asked globally recognized relationship specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky his opinion on maintaining a sense of purpose in our personal and professional lives. His answer draws on his own experience and accomplishments as a practicing physician, author and host of popular shows like Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

Read on for Dr. Drew’s logical, evidence-based method for cultivating lasting confidence.

The Unquestionable Value of a Challenge

To me the key to believing in yourself is experience — learning through challenging yourself, doing things, putting yourself out there and training so you will naturally believe in yourself.

I don’t think believing in yourself is something you should do without there being evidence that you should believe in yourself. And that evidence comes from experience.

Why You Should Rely on Experiential Learning

I’m a massive believer in experiential learning. Doing things and learning from them is another thing we don’t think about enough these days.

We think in terms of acquired cognitive information, but being out there and doing is infinitely more important in my opinion. The experience will enable you to believe in yourself because you’ve done it. Do it a few times and you’ll believe in yourself a lot.

Want more insight into experiential learning from Dr. Drew? Press play to listen to the full interview, where we discuss the psychology of becoming successful and what holds people back from success.

Last modified: June 7, 2017