Confidence – a Critical Business Skill


Recently, I read a tweet by Chris Knight (of EzineArticles) that humble confidence is very attractive.  I agree.  It got me thinking about what exactly confidence is and what makes it attractive.  I also got curious about what other notable people have said on the topic of confidence.  To my delight, plenty has been said to urge us to cultivate this most desirable attribute.

Here are five of my favorite quotable thoughts on confidence.

  • If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.  With confidence, you have won even before you have started. 

Marcus Garvey

  • Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage.  If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it.  Go out and get busy.

Dale Carnegie

  • Self-confidence is the first requisite of great undertakings. 

Samuel Jackson

  • Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult (tasks) as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, and in the other that it may not be dismayed. 

Baltasar Gracian

  • Believe in yourself.  Have faith in your abilities.  Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy. 

Norman Vincent Peale

Confidence is like a good umbrella; it provides an effective cover.  In the context of business, confidence fueled by knowledge, is a powerful complement to any strategy.  It facilitates planning and execution.

Synonyms of confidence include powerful words like buoyancy, coolness, poise, self-assurance, self-belief, and trust.  Very attractive, indeed.


© Copyright Rachel Agheyisi and Report Content Writer’s Blog, 2009.


2 Responses

  1. Nice post and very inspiring quotes! I believe that self-esteem also plays a great part in business. Dr. Joe Rubino has great advice on raising our self esteem and how low self esteem is affecting our business.

  2. How true.

    Confidence and self-esteem go hand-in-hand; the higher of both, the better in all areas of life, including business endeavors.

    Thanks for stopping by, Sharon!

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