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Some people have “it”. The way they talk, the way they carry themselves. There is just a different aura about them. You just know they are right. You just believe what they say, no matter how crazy it may sound. Maybe it’s because of the unwavering determination in their eyes. Perhaps it’s the subtle tone of explanation in their voice. You can’t be sure; you just know that they have “it”.

“It” is confidence.

So, what is confidence all about? Confidence is believing in yourself. It’s about not doubting your skills and knowing what you are capable of! When you have pushed yourself to achieve something to the best of your ability, your confidence grows as you progress.

“Self-confidence is knowing that we have the capacity to do something good and firmly decide not to give up.” ~The Dalai Lama

Confident people:

✔️ Feel secure.

✔️ Know they can rely on their skills and strengths to handle whatever comes up.

✔️ Never stop learning.

✔️ Take initiatives.

✔️ Display composure.

✔️ Take a stand not because they think they are always right, but because they are not afraid to be wrong.

✔️ Speak with authority.

✔️ Are not easily offended because they know their worth.

✔️ Are decisive.

✔️ Think, “Why not me?”

✔️ Don’t put down other people.

✔️ Own their mistakes.

Confidence is a fruit of knowledge and attitude. It is a cornerstone of every great success. But here’s the thing: we don’t need to be famous or an expert in feeling confident. Why? Because confidence is a person’s ability to believe in themselves and their strength to succeed. Confidence can be learned. It can be cultivated, nurtured, and developed. And there’s no limit to how confident you can learn to become.

Here’s a story that illustrates the great power of confidence:

Niccolo Paganini | KUMON MALAYSIAOne of the greatest violinists of all time – Niccolo Paganini, was about to perform before a packed opera house one day. He suddenly discovered that he had walked out on stage with the wrong violin. Paganini was horrified and panic-stricken, but knowing that he had no other choice, he began to play with all of the skills that he possessed. Everyone agreed, after the performance, that he had the performance of a lifetime. After the concert, in his dressing room, he was praised and commended for his marvelous performance, Paganini replied,” Today, I learned the most important lesson in my entire career. Before this, I thought the music was in my violin, but today I learned that the music is in me.”

As former US president Theodore Roosevelt puts it: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

Confidence is like a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets.

Dear parents, if you are convinced by now that confidence is something you would like your child to have, watch out for the 2nd part of this article where we will discuss in detail how you can help your child develop it. Stay tuned!