ANNA PENG

Fighting the Fire: For Those Who Find They Keep Holding Themselves Back From What They Want

What I learned today is that self-confidence is a lifelong struggle, but it doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to achieve. 

The seeming reality is that strong professionals have a sense of intentional articulation, a well-structured form of identity, and an audible voice, which all leads back to a having good self-confidence. The fantastic news? It’s possible for us too. And it’s not insanely difficult. Just a little uncomfortable. 

Here’s what we can do to build each other up:

Instead of running away from others, we reach out to them and ask for help exactly where we need it. 

Rather than being prone to another humble brag, we accept our achievements and give acknowledgement to the people who help us succeed. 

And instead of following what everyone else is doing, observe differences and make a note out of it. These will be the tools that give you leverage in perspectives when everybody else is keeping up with the status-quo.

Nobody can give us confidence. We need to build it ourselves.


One Less Excuse to Hide

Empty notebooks serve little to no purpose. At least not until we start adding value to them with our ideas, thoughts, discoveries, and connections. 

On the other hand, filled notebooks serve little to no purpose either. They’re done. Used. They carry no further capacity to continue your creativity. Not until you move onto the next empty notebook. 

So go on, grab an empty notebook and give it a purpose. 

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