“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.” – Mark Twain
Something struck me the other night pertaining to confidence: confidence is not just a straightforward feeling of “I got this.” True confidence is a combination of two things:
“I got this. I know what I’m doing” coupled with “Hey, I’d really like your help and input.”
Confidence is wildly important in our lives. If you exude confidence, others see confidence in you. Confidence is of the utmost importance to leaders. Those that follow you can sense your confidence or lack thereof and will use it either way.
Confidence is not necessarily easy to come by. That said, here’s a fantastic way to start to build and maintain it: stop believing you have all the answers, and let others in.
If you’re counting at home, and I’m sure you’re not, I’ve used the word confidence 11 times in this post (counting the title. 12 if you count the one I just used.) So, in the interest of covering Twain’s other half of the confidence (13) equation, let’s look at ignorance. Twain was likely being facetious as it pertains to ignorance, but it’s actually quite spot-on. Having true confidence (14) is knowing you don’t know it all, and allowing others to help you on your way promotes that sense of confidence (15). Letting others in means you are confident enough in yourself that you don’t need to know it all or need to be able to do it all.
After writing and revising this post, I am quite confident that this is not my best work, so feel free to comment and tell me what I’ve missed. (See what I did there?)
Hoping for more confidence and less ignorance tomorrow.
Have an awesome Monday,