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Confidence key to success

Posted: April 28, 2011 1:55 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Confidence is the key to many things in life: fashion, decisions, sticky situations, public speaking and the list goes on. Confidence is being sure of yourself, being certain that no matter what happens you did the best you possibly could.  Frankly, you can’t go wrong with confidence. So when I see people walking around like they are defeated, I just want to tell them that a little confidence could completely transform their demeanor. If you act confident, soon you will be confident.

My sister told me today that she had to talk in front of a group of students and was quite nervous about it. But she said that she pretended like she was confident and before she got much further in the lesson she was teaching, she found that she really was confident. How do you think celebrities get away with wearing such strange clothes? The answer is simply confidence. They are secure enough in who they are that they don’t care what people think about them. Other people’s opinions don’t matter when you know who you are.

Confident people start trends. Confident people start movements. Confident people start revolutions. Confidence isn’t about size or status, it’s about recognizing that you have the ability to take control of situations and not let people walk over you.

A perfect cute example of this was exhibited by my dog Copper. We have four dogs: a large golden retriever, two blue heelers and one little mutt, Copper. One would think that because Copper is outnumbered and significantly smaller that his decisions would get overruled pretty quickly in the doghouse. But surprisingly this is not the case. Copper may be little but he’s fierce as well, which adequately makes up for his size. Because he asserts himself and takes charge, he’s at the top of the chain of command. It just goes to show that a little self-assurance goes a long way.

Confidence, however, should not be confused with arrogance, as it so often is. Confidence contains humility while arrogance certainly does not. So be confident in who you are today and whatever daunting task lies ahead of you conquer it with confidence.

(Christina Stokes is a contributing columnist for the C-I from Camden High School and can be reached at


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