The paradox of self-confidence

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The paradox of self-confidence is that most (all the ones i know anyway) confident people have a quiet, yet relentless, battle with self-doubt.

You’re only as good as your last presentation, your last race, your last prayer.

No one cares what you did in the past, if what you are currently doing isn’t amazing.

It comes with the territory.

Confidence is like a fire, without constant attention to adding fuel, it will dim and quite quickly, extinguish.




On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    I am with you on this. As I read this blog this morning, my mind was flooded with thoughts of how this is real right now in my life.

    I am embracing your comment, “Confidence is like a fire, without constant attention to adding fuel, it will dim and quite quickly, extinguish.” But I am also keenly aware that sometimes, no matter how hard you feed the flame, someone may be standing with the water hose turned on your flame. It doesn’t mean time to sit in the ashes of what was. It may be time to build a new camp fire elsewhere.

    Thanks for your encouragement!


  2. Bob, thanks of your “early bird” comment. Am reminded how important (critical) a clear, concise, and compelling goal is.

    A goal that is nebulous leaves too much room for “it can wait”, or, “it’s too risky”.

    When things are clear, concise, and compelling there’s a sense of urgency that permeates and elevates our decision making and risk taking abilities.

    i’m looking forward to doing (like i do everyday) something that scares me. Why? Because my clock is ticking.

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