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If you want to be more confident, start admitting to the gaps in your knowledge

True confidence

True confidence in yourself doesn’t come only from the knowledge you already possess, but a willingness to learn more.

There’s no shame in admitting you don't know something; you’re showing just how confident you can be. Ask questions, be curious about the world around you.

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If you want to be more confident, start admitting to the gaps in your knowledge

If you want to be more confident, start admitting to the gaps in your knowledge

https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/how-to-be-more-confident

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Confidence comes from within

Much of the confidence we crave is based on how we want others to see us.

Confidence comes from within. It’s not just about owning the stage and giving a knockout performance but putting the time in to learn the lines, finessing the routine.

True confidence

True confidence in yourself doesn’t come only from the knowledge you already possess, but a willingness to learn more.

There’s no shame in admitting you don't know something; you’re showing just how confident you can be. Ask questions, be curious about the world around you.

The confident man is calm

A truly confident man won’t get aggressive or arrogant, because those traits suggest someone is losing control.  He knows keeping cool and talking in a calm, measured way is the quickest way to get respect.

Admit when you’re wrong

Failure is as important a part of success as winning - you have to know it, own it and learn from it.

A truly confident man will see failure as just one of many outcomes.

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Groom yourself

Making yourself more pleasing to your own eyes can make you feel more confident.

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Take a "power posture"

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Intellectual humility

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