We consider our work a reflection of our own worth, and make it a part of our identity.
But this is a recipe for self-consciousness. And a self-conscious worker is usually sub par. A self-conscious speaker on stage, a self-conscious surgeon at an operating table and even a self-concious software developer will not deliver their best work, because of part of their efforts that are directed towards being self-conscious.
The remedy is to not make our work about ourselves, but about other people – the people we seek to help, to serve and to benefit through our work.
If every public speaker thought less about ‘how do I appear on stage’, and more about ‘how can I help somebody in the audience’, they would find the task a lot easier and speak better.
Generosity is the remedy to being self-conscious.