What is confidence? When Claire Shipman was researching her book, The Confidence Code, she found that confidence is defined by trust in our aptitudes and abilities to act. And most women routinely miscalibrate their level of self-trust. They underestimate when they’re ready for the next career move; assume that the needs of others are more important than their own; find a professional comfort zone; and stay put much longer than they need or want to. Meanwhile, missed opportunities compound.
(gentle music) … - Defining confidence was one of the trickiest … parts of this book. … My coauthor and I spent a lot of time talking to academics, … talking to people all around the world, … talking to people in a lot of different professions, … because confidence is something … that you think you know when you see, … but as it turns out we have the definition completely wrong. … I thought for a long time confidence … was what self-esteem is, … which is confidence is just that thing … that makes you feel good about yourself. … Well, it turns out no, that is actually self-esteem. … So the best definition we got for confidence … came from a professor at Ohio State University … who said to us, confidence is the stuff … that turns your thoughts into action. … And that was really interesting to us, … because we never thought … about the action component to confidence. … And I think understanding that, it's especially important, … because confidence greases the wheels for action, … but it's also a virtuous circle in the end, …
This course includes videos from:
Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and cofounder of Ellevest, an investing platform for women
Valerie Purdie Greenaway, social psychologist at Columbia University
Gretchen Carlson, TV commentator, journalist, author, Ted Talk alum, and female empowerment advocate
Claire Shipman, TV journalist and author of The Confidence Code
Halla Tómasdóttir, Icelandic businesswoman, politician, and speaker
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