Monday, July 5, 2010

Where Do You Get Your Confidence?

"The sweet spot between arrogance and despair." That is how Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a Harvard Business School professor and consultant, describes "confidence". Confidence can make the difference between achieving our goals and falling short.

Where does our confidence come from? For some, it comes from past achievements, which build trust in our abilities and skills. We believe we can get the job done because we know we have done so in the past.

People in the early stages of their careers may not believe they have a winning track record to build on. They may hesitate to take on that new assignment because they lack confidence. Perhaps they need to look for confidence-builders in different places. An excellent place to start is with mentors and more experienced colleagues at work. If these people believe in you, it is a good sign that you have what it takes. Trust their judgment! They have invested in your success and want to see you accomplish great things.

Check out Kanter's blog.

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