Does Confidence Really Help You in the Workplace?

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ConfidenceA while back, I read an article about how insecurities (not confidence) can actually contribute to success. Feel free to check out the article yourself, but the gist is exactly what the title implies — how confidence doesn’t necessarily guarantee success like we’ve always thought.

The article is based on a book called, Confidence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic. Basically, the idea behind the book is that low self-esteem is actually helpful because it enables us to learn more. Who would have thought?

I’ve never been a fan of the saying “fake it until you make it.” To me it sounds, well, fake. I have, however, always genuinely believed in confidence. I have always thought that confidence can carry you a whole lot of places.

Now, when I say I believe in confidence I don’t mean in arrogance. That’s a whole other thing. I think you have to have a good balance of the certainty and the uncertainty. Most people are an expert in something, but need help from others for different things. No one knows everything.

I haven’t read the book, but I kind of think that’s what the author is talking about — you have to be strong in the fact that you know what you know, but understand that you don’t know everything. And toss aside those ideas that you’re somehow weak or incompetent because you don’t know something.

Admitting that you’re not an expert opens up just as many doors. It helps you to learn and to work as a team with others. When one person knows something you don’t they can contribute and vice versa. That way everyone is working together. And all of that is really important for the workplace (and in life in general).

I think I may grab a copy of the book and check it out because I am incredibly curious about all the author’s theories and ideas.

What do you think about confidence? Can you share a time when you weren’t confident and it helped you instead of hindering you?