From Confidence is a choice, not a symptom by Seth Godin:

It’s easy to feel confident when we’re on a roll, when the cards are going our way, or we’re closing sales right and left. This symptomatic confidence, one built on a recent series of successes, isn’t particularly difficult to accomplish or useful.

Effective confidence comes from within, it’s not the result of external events. The confident salesperson is likely to close more sales. The confident violinist expresses more of the music. The confident leader points us to the places we want (and need) to go.

You succeed because you’ve chosen to be confident.

But how do you get confidence “from within”? Is it as simple as making a choice to be confident? For me, confidence comes from thinking deeply about what we’re trying to achieve, and why that will benefit people. When you really believe in your vision, you’re confident — even when times are tough — that you’ll succeed.

2 thoughts on “Confidence

  1. I often think of Ray Dalio’s “Principles” when I think of developing confidence. More than even just a feeling, it’s a process where you’ve distilled your beliefs and values that allows you to weather the storms of criticism and popular opinion.

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