Thursday, September 23, 2021


You become what you think and do, and you improve when you reflect and rectify what you have done; keep the movement on, you become more confident.

Confidence is such an attribute to make one look brighter than others. Confidence is about having the right dose of ego to show self-respect, self-worthiness, self-esteem, self-awareness or self-actualization. 

Real confident people can often make more objective judgments and solve problems effectively because they are open to learning, courageous to break down conventional thinking and humble to admit their limitations; continue to explore growth opportunities and make consistent progress. In fact, confidence is one of the most critical leadership characteristics and professional traits.

Openness: We are what we think. Today we are inextricably linked, in real time and in ways far more imminent than most realize. Confident people are more optimistic, see the bright side, they have a special mindset that, rain or shine, leads them to think and act in a constructive way. Usually confident people do not restrict themselves to conventional wisdom, they are open to new knowledge and ideas; “listen, respect, respond, discern and adjust."

There’s no such thing as overconfidence, but there’s a thin line between confidence and arrogance or egotism. Because true confidence always implies openness to others’ viewpoints, doing things with purpose or taking the right dose of risks. Confidence in gut feel is a psychological sense of certainty in the face of unquantified uncertainty. Being confident means you are open-minded, mix the right dose of quality information and gut-feeling to make judgment, examine everything before advising it to others; have foresight with a proactive and predictive understanding of cause and effect, not reactive seeing.

Courage: We live in a world full of change, uncertainty, fierce competition and continuous disruptions. Confident people don’t blindly follow others, they are independent thinkers, have courage to break outdated rules, refuse to be bound by constraints and limitations, and be skeptical about the conventional understanding of the problems; overcome “shadow thinking” with negative emotions (fear, envy, change inertia), in order to be flexible and willing to innovate.

In the digital era of innovation, failure is seen as a fruit full of experience. Confidence can overcome fears; be courageous to take risks, be able to convince others to follow your vision and leadership. Confidence and grit give you the courage to overcome fears, take risks and fail forward.

Humility: Being confident is about having the right dose of ego; allows one to understand oneself, understand others, strike the right balance of being confident and being humble, self-worth and the worth of others. It is not about egotism. Confident leaders or professionals support others to shine and don't feel threatened by others’ brightness and wisdom. Beneath the ego is the desire to have meaning and purpose. We need a well developed ego but we have to keep it under control.

Do not attempt to be someone you are not. Confident people are authentic to be themselves; Being confident is about being your best, not beating another in a negative way. Being confident means you know who you are, your limitations and what you don't know, so you communicate and act in a consistent way. Therefore, a truly confident person may ask more than answer; take more risks than avoid making mistakes, lead rather than follow; but they always focus on solving problems, rather than becoming part of the problem.

You become what you think and do, and you improve when you reflect and rectify what you have done; keep the movement on, you become more confident. Being confident is to have the right dose of ego - no more, no less. Too much ego has one thinking too much of oneself. Too little ego has one not believing in oneself. A confident professional is not perfect, but progressive.


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