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One of the things that is holding me back in life (okay maybe not life but some major steps forward) is undoubtedly, self doubt. I'm gonna share something that happened over the weekend but here's a little backstory:

Last year, I applied to be a Career Peer Advisor of Sunway. What we do is basically help students on their career pathway, help them look through their resumes and cover letters and basically try to make them employable. So naturally, we had to go through training to be able to do that. We had two training workshops, each on a Saturday. The first week was getting to know each other and JobStreet coming to educate us on the do's and don'ts of writing a resume. Then on the second week, it was committee nomination. We had to prepare a proposal in a group and present, and also play a team building game. At the end of the workshop, we had to nominate, based on the two weeks that we met and got along, the president, vice president and secretary of CPA. That's when Ms Sharon, our advisor, asked a question.

"Who is interested in being the president of CPA?"

No one raised their hand.

"Who is not interested in being the president of CPA?"

I slowly raised my hand, along with another 4 people.

Ms Sharon looked kinda shocked as to why I raised my hand (or she didn't and maybe I thought too much). She then like continued to explain the benefits of being the pres and stuff. She then said something that made me think. She said she doesn't expect you to already know everything when you become president and will guide you once you are actually appointed president.

Something that I learned from CISA, is that your skills need to already be very strong to take up a role as a committee. I always felt that there are so many people above me, and yes, there really are. You know how being mediocre feels like? That was always how I felt in CISA. I didn't feel like I was very strong in certain areas and sometimes I don't know if I'm really contributing to anything. I know that an effort is an effort but sometimes it just makes you feel shitty that you cannot do anything big. I'm always trying to learn, to adapt and to imitate that sometimes, I don't know what my style is anymore. But to be very honest, CISA is a place where the strongest talents are at. So maybe I'm still okay if you compare me with normal people. I'm always looking for ways to learn and grow, I don't know if I'm really achieving anything but I just hope what I do is up to standards and at least for the better of whatever I'm doing.

I didn't want to be president/vice-president not because I was busy with CISA or because I want to focus more on my studies. The real reason that came to my realisation, was fear: fear that I wasn't good enough for the position, fear that I couldn't do well if I really was appointed, and also fear that other people might not be convinced that I'm cut out for it.

The first step to overcoming a problem is to realise and admit that you have that specific problem. Well, to those interested, I took what I said back and told Ms Sharon I was still up for consideration. We'll see if I get any emails from them next week!

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