The Skill of Self Confidence by Dr. Ivan Joseph [VIDEO]

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As the Athletic Director and head coach of the Varsity Soccer team at Ryerson University, Dr. Joseph is often asked what skills he is searching for as a recruiter: is it speed? Strength? Agility? In Dr. Joseph’s TEDx Talk, he explores the skill of self-confidence and how it is not just the most important skill in athletics, but in our lives.

Without self-confidence we are useless. Self-confidence is the belief that no matter what we can accomplish the task at hand. This self-confidence TED talk shows how this is a skill that can be trained.

Tactics to build self-confidence

Repetition, repetition, repetition. 10,000 hours. The skill we want to be confident in needs to be familiar to us.


Don’t quit.

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One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. ~~Arthur Ashe

Positive self-talk. Change negative self talk. There are enough people beating us up. Get away from the people who tear you down. Focus on positive affirmations. This creates belief in you.

Build up self-confidence in others by focusing on positive behavior. Catch them when they are good. Don’t beat them down when they make a mistake. Show the instances where everything went well.

Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act. ~~Jack Welch

Interpret all feedback as you want it to be. For example, if a girl tells you “I will go on a date with you if you are the last man on Earth.” You interpret it: Great! There’s a chance.

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