The relationship between certainty and doubt is that both need to be present regarding any matter so that it can be considered healthy and realistic. It's equally harmful to be completely confident that something will be either achieved or failed, as the first sets you up for disappointment and the second never allows for feelings of hope to be created. As the quote by Bertrand Russel points out, it's foolhardy to wholly believe "any philosophy, not even mine" as no idea is utterly perfect and guaranteed to be the best thing for someone. A certain amount of doubt protects someone from having their life destroyed by entirely banking on an idea. However, the strong belief in something does have power, and can allow someone to be able to do practically anything they set their mind to, regardless of how unlikely it seems. The best relationship between these two feelings is to have a realistic amount of doubt that your plan may not work, but have the certainty that you will try your best to accomplish it.
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The first quote from Phelps gives the ultimate reasoning and is correct when saying that people can do anything if they are certain about it. Doubt, as described by Russell, will just dig someone into a hole of self pity and will never get them anywhere in life. I'm reading this book right now called Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance and he lives in a town where people feel sorry for themselves and doubts their own abilities because they were raised in a harmful home. Vance proved everyone wrong when he, who lived in a traumatic home, believed in himself and did what everyone in their town thought was impossible. He graduated from Ohio State University while working two or three jobs, then graduated from Law School at Harvard. He changed the statistics and looked back at his town where they all doubted themselves. Everyone he left behind became nothing because they weren't certain that they could do the impossible. Therefore, the difference between certainty and doubt can drastically change someones outlook on life and how they will succeed.
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Certainty and doubt cannot successfully coexist in today's society. For example, if one is to be confident that they can achieve a goal, they can't have doubts about any of the steps to their goal. If doubts arise, one must overcome these before certainty can reappear. Say someone is walking up the stairs. If there are ten stairs and on the third, sixth, and eighth there are toys laying about, you cannot be certain you will make it up the stairs with falling. One can be certain of the first and third steps, but, once you reach these steps with obstacles, you have to find a way around them before you can be certain about your next step. Obstacles can often get in the way of our certainty in academics, sports, and other aspects of life. Whether this be an injury that places doubts in the brain to ever recover or an F in your favorite class, confidence has no room for doubts. Some people may say that doubts are a key to success, but they fail to mention the uncertainty during these times of doubt.
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There's a fine balance between accomplishing a vigorous goal with both optimism and hesitation. When full certainty takes over a person, the goal might not be accomplished due to overconfidence in one's ability. Conversely, when doubt consumes one's mind, the wish is nearly unattainable. Optimism is flour in accomplishing their desired target just as hesitation is a spice in the cake. Even though some objectives seem impossible, they are often discovered from devoted people who once has a little doubt in themselves, but the people also has a vast amount of optimism or else they would have given up. Doubt is what keeps someone in check with their reality, but optimism should drive the goal to the finish line.
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- good analogy but possibly change the structure so the reader knows that you are making a comparison to cake before the end of the sentence
Certainty in modern society is almost a necessity. If a person is certain they will be successful and they do not doubt themselves, they can become a more prosperous person in all fields of life. For example if a person doubts their abilities in a certain a class, they can get hung up on these ideas and that can eventually lead to their downfall. However, in contrast to doubtfulness, Phelps claims that if someone is certain about what they are passionate about, they will be able to accomplish anything, and ultimately be better off in every aspect of life. These ideas are extremely relevant in today's world due to the thousands of entrepreneurs who were certain about decisions they had to make in life and these decisions have pushed modern medicine, technological advancements, and thousands of inventions in our current society.
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The relationship between certainty and doubt is balanced like a teeter totter, If one side is too heavy then it will crash to the ground. If one is so certain that they can do anything then they will likely try to do something truly impossible and crash to the ground, likewise, if one is too doubtful then they will never get anywhere. One has to learn to find the right balance of certainty and doubt, so that they can accomplish great things while keeping in check with reality.
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If you have any degree of certainty then you must also have a degree of doubt. This is shown in court rooms across America. A jury can not be certain one is guilty of a crime simply based on a belief without evidence. If this was the case the number of people in jail from being wrongfully accused would be tremendous, instead we use doubt of ones claim to properly assess individual crimes. As shown in the book Just Mercy, black citizens are sentenced to death due to certainty rather than evidence. Due to this many of the characters are later proven not guilty and have had a chunk of their life stripped from them as a result of jury's not expressing doubt to their beliefs.
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Certainty and doubt string together well because they're both interdependent on each other. With every doubt you have, you must have some kind of certainty to back up at least why you're doubtful. One also must possess doubt at all time because withholding a sense of hubris to yourself normally leads to a drastic downfall. For example, people a long time ago doubted that humans could ever drive or ever fly, but Karl Benz and the Wright brothers stepped up because they had more certainty that we all could drive and fly, but more importantly excel. Without their certainty, we could be much further behind in the technology age we are in now. They had doubts but that is because doubt is never too far forgotten in a sensible persons mind.
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If one develops such a strong passion for certain beliefs, one can push themselves to be the best they can, and prove those who doubt them wrong. Having a positive or strong mindset for one topic helps build ones self-confidence or strength, and with this make accomplishing anything a lot easier. The idea that no one besides yourself knows your abilities, illuminates how big of an impact hate has to drive someone to succeed. It isn't just the desire to accomplish something for yourself, but proving everyone who has doubted you is a feeling most thrive from. Although, some believe that achieving some unreasonable goals are impossible, if you have the motivation and are educated on these aspirations, you are putting yourself in the position to succeed. With that should come a sense of humbleness, for not everything you wish to achieve will be met.
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Doubt should be applied to to almost every belief until it is proven one hundred percent true. Look back to when everyone believed that the Earth was flat or that it was the center of the solar system. These theories were believed with absolute certainty even though there was zero proof and thanks to scientist who doubted these theories we know now that the Earth is a sphere and definitely not the center of the solar system. The danger of certainty is that without doubt people can be led down a deadly path.
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"The man that says he can and the man that says he cannot are often both correct". When striving for success and betterment of one's self , certainty in what you believe is crucial. Completely believing in yourself and your ability to improve dramatically may be viewed as common hubris , but as the majority of many extreamly successful people will tell you, "everything is impossible until someone does it"(Eric Thomas). If the Wright brothers would have listened to all of the people that said human flight was impossible, cross contielntal travel would be impossible. If Arnold Shwarzenegger would have listened to the naysayers in his life , he would still be as he said "yoddeling with his family in the mountains of Austria" compared to being a repeated Mr. Olympia , movie star, and former governor of California. The skill of having one hundred percent certainity in ones self is parrell to success.
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I think it is great for people to have a high level of confidence, but there should always be a little doubt involved. If a kid is set on achieving a certain goal and he wasn't taught that some things just don't work out then he will be majorly disappointed if it doesn't, and he might not want to work for other things if he thinks it won't work out. This goes for all people as well, not just kids. Adults shouldn't have 100% certainty in their mind when they have no control over what happens. They could get their hopes up over a new job, but they could get denied. Optimism is something that not a lot of people possess because they have either witnessed or they know what could happen if someone gets their hopes too high. Optimism isn't a terrible trait to possess, but people that are optimistic need to know that not everything goes your way.
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Certainty and doubt work hand in hand with success and failure. Having either of these mindsets when going into a new school or a job interview or even a new task will determine how the experience will play out. Henry Ford says that "Whether you think you can or can't, you're right." Believing in yourself will allow you to accomplish the task at hand while doubting yourself will make it difficult or unattainable. The contradicting ideas of certainty and doubt are two opposing subjects but concurrently fuse to bring together a wide variety of possibilities. Without the handful of people with certain attitudes, new technology built from trials and errors may have never happened and the world would be filled with vagrants who tend to no needs due to their doubtful approach to the world.
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As far as the relationship between certainty and doubt goes, it is ironic that both seem rather similar when it comes to the purpose they serve in the role of striving for success. The feeling of certainty allows one to have confidence in their self and believe that they can "accomplish virtually anything" as Phelps said, however failure could become involved. One may succeed but face failure first and with failure comes disappointment. As disappointment becomes a factor, one may use doubt to their advantage to attempt to avoid the devastation that is failure. Personally, certainty is important and could build a higher self esteem (or be used as a face to cover up insecurities), however I can also say that doubt has been used countless times as a defense mechanism to keep my hopes from rising too high. Bringing it back to certainty in relation to doubt, both seem to be used for the same purpose which is to push one to go farther in life, but protect them at the same time.
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Uncertainty and doubt causes the development of new ideas or the evolution of previous ones. For example, most of the Germans followed Hitler due to his confidence and nationalism and, without the uncertainty from other countries about his ideas and actions, he would have succeeded with his awful intentions of genocide of the Jews. Doubt is also the backbone to new discovery. Without the uncertainty of how everything works, we would not have discovered most of the knowledge we have today. However, without any confidence in previous ideas leads to mistrust and wariness causing a world without any true answers, and there has to have some confidence in our ideas but with knowledge and information to back up our ideas.
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While someone may find comfort in ignoring the possible faults or other aspects of an idea that they strongly believe in, doing so accomplishes nothing but lack of knowledge and can give birth to foolish tendencies. By turning the other cheek to a rebuttal or counter claim either regarding faith or something that one is very passionate about, the possibility of becoming a more well rounded individual is passed up, and by truly comprehending multiple viewpoints and perceptions, an opportunity to educate is gained. This is often seen in religious groups and those aiming to persuade a group to act upon a cause, or even in a political debate. As stated by Bertrand Russel, one should "always entertain [their] opinions with some measure of doubt", and failing to do so could result in blind following or followers, a concept that has been proven detrimental time and time again.
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If one is certain of something, they have full belief that thing can happen or that they can do said thing. With that said, many people have doubt ghosting behind those beliefs. The relationship between certainty and doubt is one that goes hand in hand, many people doubt themselves when they are certain of something because they have fear that they are wrong. Quoting Bertrand Russell, "We ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt" Russell says this because when doubting something you believe, one is trying to protect themselves from the consequences of being incorrect.