Competence leads to confidence...


People often ask what it takes to get ahead in business or life: the short answer is competence, and confidence. Whatever you do, make sure you’re good at it: that means learning all you can, asking lots of questions, continually taking relevant classes, listening and watching others, reading appropriate materials, and practicing and perfecting your knowledge, skills and abilities.  Competition is fierce so you have to be better than the next person. And then be confident about and act confidently in everything you do: square your shoulders, look people in the eye, speak affirmatively, gesture appropriately, and let others know you know. But don’t be confused: it’s not about acting a part, but about the confidence your competence engenders. You won’t get there by begging for it or faking it; when you stand confident and proud in your own abilities, respect and confidence follows. So, buckle down, know your stuff, and work harder than others to get where you want: you’ll be proud that you did that today.

Mandy Hale (b. 1978): Author, blogger, speaker, and internet influencer