How to be Confident
The difference between success and failure often hangs on a humiliatingly small and elusive trait that standard education never touches: confidence.
We spend vast amounts of time acquiring confidence in narrow professional fields, while overlooking the primordial need to acquire a more wide-ranging variety of confidence which can serve us across a range of tasks in our professional and personal lives.
We so often lack confidence because we implicitly regard its possession as a matter of slightly freakish good luck. We believe we are stuck with the confidence levels we were born with, but as this class shows, the opposite is true. Confidence is not a gift from the gods, but a skill that can be learned. It is a skill founded on a set of ideas we have about the world and our natural place within it.
How to Be Confident teaches us:
- How to overcome the impostor syndrome.
- How to master shyness about advancing our plans.
- How to outgrow the legacy of childhood timidity.
- How to remain confident that we can change things through our own agency.
We leave the class equipped with a range of confidence-inducing ideas to allow us to escape the shackles of excessive hesitancy and compliance. We are schooled in the art of confidence.
David Baker is a writer, coach and consultant based in London.
He specialises in using simple language to bring complex topics to new audiences and has written and spoken extensively on subjects as diverse as economics, kidney dialysis, cultural anthropology, work/life balance and the science of theme parks.
He was the launch managing editor of Wired in the UK and his work has appeared in many publications including Wired, The Face, Arena, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Times, The Sunday Telegraph, Wallpaper and The Guardian.
How to be Confident is one of the twelve classes that comprise our core curriculum. Our classes tackle the core themes of emotional life, from relationships and the workplace, to understanding the self and exploring our relationship with culture. You can explore the full curriculum here.
This class is in a sequence with How to Identify Your Career Potential and How to Fail which together cover The School of Life's ideas on work.
Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.
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