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.