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Confidence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt Hardcover – October 17, 2013
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“Confidence nails it—if you want to achieve great things, you are better off being your own worst critic than your own biggest fan. Read this book and you will never look at the concept of self-esteem the same way again.”
—Laura Vanderkam, author of All The Money In The World and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
“Compelling and zippy.”
“I can't remember the last time I finished reading a book and wanted to applaud. Confidence is a life-changing book—it will convince you, through brilliant arguments and an abundance of compelling evidence, that much of the advice you've been given on how to be successful is worse than useless. In fact, it's been holding you back. Before you read anything else, read Confidence.”
—Heidi Grant Halvorson, PhD author of Focus and Succeed
“A provocative work, an excursion into the role of confidence at work, in relationships, and the impact on leading a healthy life. Dr. Chamorro-Premuzic repeatedly challenges our beliefs, which makes for a stimulating read.”
—The Globe and Mail
“Maybe you have always intuited, as most sensitive people do, that all the talk about boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem is not the answer to success or happiness. This charming and thoroughly fact-based book will give you the evidence to back your wisdom, that being kind and competent works best.”
—Elaine Aron, PhD, author of The Highly Sensitive Person and The Undervalued Self
“Interesting and transformative thinking that will not only have you accepting your inner critic and low self-confidence, but embracing it.... Chamorro-Premuzic writes in a kind, gentle, yet authoritative tone that will inspire the “insecure” reader and retire the over-confident ones....a new and enlightened perspective...This book is required reading for any professional.”
—Small Business Trends
“An expose of the dark side of confidence. I absolutely loved it, because it shatters so much incorrect but conventional wisdom with key scientific research.”
—Matthew E. May, Rise Networks
“Chamorro-Premuzic has rethought confidence – shattering myths about what generates confidence but also reassessing low confidence as a positive attribute. A fresh, more balanced, approach, presented in a well-researched, accessible, and, indeed, enjoyable format. I like this book: a lot.”
—Robert Kelsey, author of What’s Stopping You?
“Buy and read this book. Give it to a young person...I dare say I’m confident it could turn a life of miserable self-doubt into a life of empowerment.”
—Doug Michaelides, Vice President and Practice Leader, Sales and Marketing, for Stratford Managers Corporation
“Persuasively argues that we’ve taken our culture of self-assurance and self-promotion too far.”
—Harvard Business Review
About the Author
TOMAS CHAMORRO-PREMUZIC, PhD, is a professor at University College London (UCL) and visiting professor at New York University. He is the author of six books (most recently, Personality 101) and also writes regular blogs for Harvard Business Review and Psychology Today. He lives in London and New York, and frequently appears in the media.
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All of this does not take away from the other side of the story here though. The point is, if you are lacking confidence, improve your competence at something - anything. You'll feel better about yourself, and it will show. It's true around raising kids too; they gain confidence by mastering things, and as parents it's important to encourage our kids to keep going, keep trying, get over hurdles on the way to mastery, and help them get to that prized feeling.
To me, it that was the simple message of the book I would have got a lot more out of it.
Though the book's subtitle gives the impression of yet another self-help book, I cannot recommend this book enough. It IS compulsory reading for anyone who has long suspected that there is a difference between confidence and competence or that confidence is far more constrained that it appears to be. Finish this book, and you will gain some personal growth.