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When I graduated from college, I had a diploma, a degree in English literature, and no idea what I wanted to do with my life.
The week after graduation, I sat at the kitchen table in my mom’s house, scouring the newspaper for a job that seemed remotely interesting and that I might be qualified to do. I came across a headline for a job that read, “Special Events Coordinator.” I had no idea what this job was about, but it sounded fun, particularly since the employer was Macy’s department store. Fashion. Events. Coordinate. I could do those things.
During the interview, the manager left the room for a moment, and I peered over at what she’d written on my resume. She’d written two words: “Blond. Timid.” That definitely wasn’t what I was hoping to see, but it was the truth. I wasn’t confident in myself or my abilities. I left the interview wondering if I’d ever hear back from the woman.
When I got home, I told my mom about the comments and my concern that I wouldn’t get the job. She encouraged me to go for it anyway and contact the manager to let her know how much I wanted the job. “The squeaky wheel always gets the grease,” she said. Even though my heart was pounding, and I felt wildly uncomfortable, I called. And I got the job. That one call was the beginning of 20+ year successful career in public relations.
By stretching myself, taking action in spite of my self-doubts, and acting “as if” I felt more confident than I really did, I set myself up for long-term career and financial success. And I strengthened my confidence in the process. I learned that working to build my confidence was an investment that paid off in life-changing returns in my personal and professional life.
Learning the skills of self-confidence can literally turn your life around. It allows you to reach your potential and achieve your goals in every area of your life.