Self-Confidence:  belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities

Calvin and Hobbes always seem to get it right 🙂

If you don’t belief in yourself, your abilities, and your capacity to learn, you probably aren’t going to get very far.  I am not talkng about the kind of confidence where one says they believe they can fly a plane and then goes out to fly one with no training.  This would most likely lead to disaster.  I would call that person arrogant, delusional, and irrational.  However, the better question is do you believe you can learn how to fly a plane, or better yet, do you really want to learn how to fly a plane.

We must, however, be realistic about our capabilities.  For instance, I am today 47, I would love to be a back up dancer for Madonna and Lady Gaga.  Certainly I believe I can learn dance steps and even learn an entire dance performance.  After all, I took ballet, tap and jazz for 11 years from the ages of 4-11, was successful at that time and even thought I was pretty good.  And yet, I don’t think I would make the cut.  Some might say, “how do you know?, did you try? go realize your dreams?, Be confident!”  But alas, this isn’t what I am talking about.

I am also not talking about the confidence that says, “my way or the highway!”  This also is arrogant.  If we have learned anything, I hope one of them is that there are mulitple ways to get to the end of the rainbow.


Simply Said

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