Build Your Self Confidence: Get Fully Committed

Self confidence, along with a clearly defined purpose, a strong commitment to taking personal responsibility for your success, and a set of career management competencies are the keys to a successful and fulfilling life and career.

This article lists seven tips for building your confidence.

I like all of these tips.  I particularly like the last point — Be Fully Committed.  When you’re fully committed to doing the absolute best job on everything you do, you will become more confident.  Confidence comes from the satisfaction of knowing you did your absolute best — even if it turns out to not be good enough.

If you interview for a job, prepare well and answer all of the questions in a crisp, concise, clear manner you will become more confident in your interviewing skills — even if you don’t get the job.

If you take on a tough project and see it through to the end, you’ll become more self confident.

There is a sense of self satisfaction that comes with doing the absolute best you can do.  The sense of self satisfaction is a confidence booster.

Caring enough to do your very best can be a scary thing.  You might fail.  When I sent off my graduate school application to Harvard, I knew it was the best application I could write.  I felt good about myself, I felt confident because I knew that I had done the absolute best job I could on that application.  I was accepted.

I showed up there for the first week of classes feeling confident and good about myself.  Then every one of my professors began his or her class by saying something like “I know that you all feel as if you were Admissions mistakes…” They would smile as they said this.  Kind of a joke.  The fourth or fifth time I heard this, I raised my hand and said, “I don’t think I’m an Admissions mistake.”  I have good credentials and experience.  I’m confident I can do the work here.”

You could have heard a pin drop.  Some of my classmates were pleased that I stood up.  Some were appalled.  They thought I doomed myself to getting poor grades.  I didn’t care.  My confidence let me stand up for myself because I was fully committed.  I wrote the best application I could — and I was confident that I can do the work.

Get fully committed to whatever you do.  It will build your confidence and put you on the road to the life and career success you deserve.

Your career mentor,


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