I use a strategy that makes sure that my confidence is not misplaced, along with making sure I am ALWAYS learning as well as innovating.
My field(s) tend to be technical, so it facilitates it. But, I have applied it to many other activities.
The first part is that I always make sure I am participating in some basic "tutorials" of any given topic. The internet helps with this immensely, but
it also includes 101 type books. Most people do not see the value in this, so ill just leave it at that.
I also always try to have two types of projects running alongside the "serious" (I.e. paid) work. One is some project that pertains to the paid work
directly, but is for me, or family. So, if I did some remodeling, I would try to have some project around the house where I can continue to practice
on my own stuff. The other type is innovation-based, where I try to implement some new idea or process of work. This frequently overlaps with the
first type of project, and if it works well, eventually makes it into the paid work where it can be refined even further.
I also try to find someone that is interested in training and learning. It never ceases to amaze me how much I learn, when teaching someone else.
There are a few other things, like performing experiments on materials and parts, but the above stuff is the "core." I feel like I'm forgetting
something too, but.. meh.
How this strategy eventually ends up is that it transfers the uncertainty to the inventive, personal side and uses the paid work to refine things
where I already have confidence. It also allows me to create some neat stuff and processes, enabling me to offer the benefits of those advancements to
clients as well as myself.
First time I've tried to put it all into words, so hope it makes sense. I assume (perhaps incorrectly) that others do something similar, so in sharing
with each other, might learn something new and useful
edit on 8-4-2016 by Serdgiam because: (no reason given)