I had an interesting plane ride over from Boston to Ontario, California. JetBlue has television sets on the backs of every seat, so I get the chance to catch up on all these shows I never see because I don’t have TV in my house, and my viewing habits are crazy. I watch stuff that is pure garbage, mostly because I find it fascinating that this is somehow on TV capturing the mindshare of humanity.
Take VH1’s The Pickup Artist. It’s a show where a couple of really cool guys teach a bunch of nerds how to pick up girls. This show is endlessly fascinating and here’s why: it’s teaching you (YOU, if you’re watching) about confidence. The actual mechanics of how to pick up a girl are kind of a sham, or rather, they’re just a skillset to get you closer to feeling confident. But ultimately, he’s teaching about confidence. If you watch the show with that lens on, it REALLY proves to be interesting.
At the same time, I was reading Jeffrey Gitomer’s book about persuasion. It’s the green one if you know Gitomer’s other works. Persuasion is ultimately heavily related to confidence as well. The more you can build on your confidence, the more likely you are to be persuasive, and/or make your point known.
Are YOU confident? What are you tactics for feeling more confident? If you’re not very confident, how has that affected your days?
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