Thursday, June 4th, 2009
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What you do and how you do your work matters. If it didn’t, you wouldn’t care whether your job was done well. Since you care (most of you do), you probably try so hard sometimes that it can wreck your confidence if things don’t go the way you plan them. It’s up to each individual person to understand their strengths and not need to rely on other people to feel confident.
I shot this video to explain how I’ve built my confidence. I still have moments of weakness, like most of you, but I always come back stronger. Every negative comment, weird look from a co-worker, or bad feeling can bring me down if I dwell on them. I just have to learn to seperate people’s comments and actions from how I view myself.
Everyone has their own agenda, so one person’s comments might seem positive, but in reality they are negative. And vice versa. One of the best ways to build our own confidence is by helping other people become stronger and focusing on improving ourselves every single day.
The above video took me 21 takes before I got it right. The video below is take number 16. I was becoming frustrated by my inability to nail the take. I freaked out at 2:12 in the video. I’m not afraid to show this because it’s actually quite funny.
No one is perfect, far from it, but we do have to enjoy the process. I enjoyed all 21 takes to get the right message across.
One of the best business blogs on the planet is Guy Kawasaki – How to change the world. He breaks the business world down so you can make the world a better place.
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