You Don’t Need Confidence In Order To Succeed


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Confidence is too often defined as something that is required in order to become successful.

That is completely incorrect.

Confidence follows success, not the other way around.

You see, there are people who do not appear confident, but who, nonetheless, achieve enormous success.

How is that possible?

It’s really quite simple. Confidence must be earned. You earn confidence by realizing your dreams, achieving your goals, or by becoming a virtuoso in some specific niche.

Expert Skills Confidence 

Through Deliberate and Analytical Practice, you can develop Expert Skills. When you have Expert Skill Confidence, you are very confident in your area of expertise. Your confidence pours through every time you engage in your expertise.

Examples are professional athletes, neurosurgeons, successful authors, bridge engineers, architects who design skyscrapers, etc.

Expert Knowledge Confidence

Through ritual, daily study, in a particular area, you gain expert knowledge and this endows you with Expert Knowledge Confidence.

Examples include NASA/Rocket scientists, neurologists, geneticists, nuclear physicists, chemical engineers, etc.

Entrepreneurial Confidence

Entrepreneurs who pursue success by taking action on their dreams and goals, gain enormous confidence in their entrepreneurial abilities, but only after they begin to realize success.

I can go one and on with examples. My point is this, confidence is not a prerequisite to success – it is the result of success.

And success requires that you do certain, specific things consistently which makes you more skilled and knowledgeable in what you do.

As you grow in knowledge and skills, you become more expert. Success inevitably follows. And that success leads to confidence.

Pursuit of Success —> Growth —> Expertise —> Success —> Confidence

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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  1. Lisa Schreiber says:

    I think this is such an important message. Some very well known “success gurus” have said that successful people are always confident people. I agree with you that it’s the attained knowledge and skills that lead to success, which leads to confidence. Not the other way around.

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