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  • Writer's pictureRobert Stevenson

Those With Confidence Succeed


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Who should be your biggest fan? You! If you don’t think you are good, why should anybody else think it? I believe one of the biggest mistakes we make in trying to improve is getting down on ourselves and staying there. Self-doubt is a proven “killer” to accomplishment. You will be a lot better off BELIEVING you can do something rather than DOUBTING that you can do it.


First and foremost, we need to address the difference in being confident in your abilities compared to being a vain, arrogant, conceited, cocky, pompous, stuck-up, egotistical, narcissistic, self-loving jerk. You don’t need to go around singing your own praises and telling everybody just how wonderful you are. You also don’t need to be so meek and timid that no one ever calls on you to lead the group or solve the problem or give your opinion because you have never shown an ounce of confidence in anything you do. If you just blend in with the office decor, you will never succeed.

Success comes to those who take it, not to those who hope it comes. You constantly need to be preparing, studying and learning so when an opportunity presents itself … you can deliver. That being said, sometimes you need to “step up” and let people know you can do it. Start believing you can do it. Start seeing yourself as talented, smart, and resourceful. Just how smart are you? Compared to the people listed below … you are looking brilliant.


Another large computer company has considered changing the instructions of “press any key” to read “press the return key” because so many customers have called their customer service help line saying … they can’t find the “ANY” key.A councilman in Washington, D.C. once stated, “If crime went down 100% it would still be fifty times higher than it should be.”

And to really make you feel smart … The following questions were actually asked by attorneys in a court of law.


  • "How many times have you committed suicide?"

  • "Were you present in court this morning when you were sworn in?"

  • “The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?”

  • “Were you alone or by yourself?”


I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling smarter already. In all seriousness, the sooner you start having a more positive outlook on your self-worth the better you’ll be. Even if you are just starting out or starting over in a new career, those with confidence will go the furthest.


Remember what Theodore Roosevelt said: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”


Those with confidence SUCCEED

Those with doubt FAIL


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