This course was created by Pete Mockaitis of How to Be Awesome at Your Job. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.
Skill Level Beginner
- [Announcer] This is an audio course. No need to watch, just listen. Welcome to the latest addition to LinkedIn Learning, podcasts. We've curated some of the best business podcasts and made them even easier to listen to. Each episode is split into sections. Use the links in the contents area to skip to whichever section you like. We're always looking for new ways to help you learn, and we'd appreciate your feedback. Thanks for listening. - [Interviewer] Self-confidence sounds like a good thing. We'd all love to have it. Could you maybe share some research that reveals how more self-confidence can really translate into actual results for professionals, particularly if you've got those examples, as opposed to just feeling good? - [Interviewee] Absolutely. - [Interviewer] I mean, it'd be nice to feel confident, but what does that mean in terms of results and victory? - [Interviewee] Well, I think the first thing you have to recognize is let's start with the definition of self-confidence so everybody's playing and starting at the same place. And so the definition I use in the research is this genuine belief in your ability to accomplish the task at hand, self-confidence. And I want everybody to know it's this, it's not this magic pill that you just take and you can swallow and you can just, oh, all of a sudden it's self-confident. But you know, the research that started looking at this goes way back to some foundational work that talked about optimism and happiness. But the big one that I started that got me in this venue was looking and reading about Angela Duckworth in "Grit." And she was studying grit, which is the belief in your ability to accomplish tasks despite setbacks. And she was looking at how people, what they told themselves, how they believed in themselves, how that really influenced their ability to move forward, and she studied a bunch of military personnel. It was Beast Barracks week during West Point Military Academy, and the Military Academy, they're really interested in how do people decide that we should make it through candidate training school, 'cause it's hell, they don't get to sleep, they don't get to eat, there's noise pollution, all these things, 'cause they're testing those candidates to make them ready. And so they did aptitude tests, they did physical testing, they did all these leadership scores, they did a battery of tests, and when they looked at these tests, they were somewhat predictive of who would be successful. But when Angela Duckworth came with these 13 items to predict grit and resilience, she found those 13 items more reliable than those hundreds of questions combined. And then when I read that, I'm like, whoa, grit is a reliable predictor of performance and your ability to succeed? And when I started really looking into grit, I studied just the first half of it, which was this genuine belief in your ability to accomplish the task at hand. And then there was further research that went into how affirmations played a role in that, how self-talk, which is another word for self-talk, how focus played a role in that, how repetition played a role in that. The research is out there, and it's all saying the same thing, that you can't start with talent, you have to start with this belief in your ability, and only then will the talent get a moment to shine.