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No, You are not stupid.

These partners would not have half of knowledge you have when they were your age.

Try to make sure that you don't repeat mistakes.

I think the best solution is to talk to someone who is reliable and has walked that path before you.

Don't take a hit on your confidence.
Hi, I am an A0 at a T1. Iโ€™m about to complete a year and for some reason Iโ€™m still not comfortable with partner conversations in case of some partners (specially the equity and senior ones). I have a constant fear of being judged as too stupid and not being able to understand what they mean. I try to follow the thought process and incorporate what they want but there is still always something left. How do I get over the fact that itโ€™s fine if I canโ€™t get 100% (hell even 70%) of what they say. They have been practising since before I was born. Itโ€™s hampering my confidence because the moment I get staffed with them itโ€™s a wave of dread