Self Confidence: a Key to Success Posted on Thursday, 26 February 2015, 54 comments
A recent psychology study from Ohio State University has found evidence that a person's career path is influenced by their own level of self-confidence and, to some extent, the amount of social support they receive along the way. So, what does it take to believe in yourself and gain support from the people around you?
There are three things to do if you want to become self confident.
Firstly, become an optimist.
"The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead." Robert Brault
Optimism is not about putting a grin on your face for the whole day, or hoping for the best when a fail is absolutely obvious because you have already done it the wrong way. Optimism is about offering a solution to a problem instead of getting into a "Why on earth did you do this?" quarrel. Optimism is about careful planning, continuous learning, and knowing that everything will be alright if you put enough effort to it.
Secondly, face your fears and act.
"The pessimist sees difficulties in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunities in every difficulty." Winston Churchill
There's nothing wrong in doubting yourself from time to time. The trick is to learn not to make a habit of it. A lot of discoveries in the world were made through trial and error, a lot of successes were reached through persistence and determinedness, every prosperous business has got a story about how it started with overcoming doubts and making the first step.
Thirdly, surround yourself with positive and smart people.
"Keep smiling, gentlemen, keep smiling! A serious face is not an indication of intelligence." Baron Münchhausen
If you have found yourself to be the smartest in a room of your colleagues, it's time to move on. Keep looking for various ways to connect to smart people, be it conferences, blogs or LinkedIn articles. However, you should also aim at becoming of interest to other people, too. Always keep learning. A day that has come to an end without you having learned something new is a wasted day.
Finally, here's a video, and don't let any stereotypes influence your self confidence!
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