The Difference Between Real Confidence and Cockiness

by Michael Simmons on Jun 28, 2010

Real confidence is not needing references, testimonials, and credentials saying you’re awesome. You already know it.

Real confidence is having seen the worst of battle and walking just as tall or taller than you did before.

Real confidence means seeing the equal humanity in all people and, therefore, not bowing down to others, because they have more experience, glamour, or awards than you do.

Real confidence means saying the truth and standing behind it.

People with real confidence command attention via who they are, not what they’ve done.

Once we understand who we are, we can’t help but have real confidence.



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I'm the co-founder of Empact, one of the leading entrepreneurship education organizations in the world. I'm obsessed with understanding how we all can lead meaningful lives that have a positive social impact. I love probing into the truth of how we experience life. I believe that challenges are what make us grow the most, and I openly share my experiences. Continue reading…


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