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Updated 06/13/2017

   "Fake it until you make it" isn't a
   viable path to being confident.  You
   build confidence in yourself through
   a series of successes you make, not
   anyone else. 

     5 Ways Powerfully Confident People Gain Mental Strength  |  Inc, Matthew Jones
     One aspect of confidence that is rarely discussed is a mental strength. While you may be able
     to identify a confident person based on their presence--the way that they carry themselves
     as they enter a room--you may not as easily pinpoint the mentality that aids their self-trust.
     And while everyone wants to be confident, many people overlook the fact that genuine
     self-assurance isn't just about looking the part, it's also about having the mental fortitude
     to persevere through difficult circumstances.

     7 Traits of Highly Confident People  |  AdvancedLifeSkills.com
Do you marvel at people who seem highly confident and self assured? Would you like to be
     one of those highly confident people? Achieving that may seem impossible if you are struggling
     with feelings of worthlessness, but believe me when I tell you that anyone can become more

     9 Little-Known Habits of Confident People  |  TheBlog, Susie Moore                                             05/05/2014
     "With confidence, you have won before you have started.” — Marcus Garvey
Confidence is often the single differentiator between people who get what they want and
     people who don’t. Those who think and believe they can do something — run a marathon,
     start an entrepreneurial venture, ask someone out (and have them say yes), win a competitive
     promotion, fit into their pre-pregnancy jeans, build a fun social circle, well... they do it.

     9 Qualities of Remarkably Confident People  |  Inc., Jeff Haden
I'm not particularly confident. Scratch that. I'm situationally confident: sometimes, very
     much so; other times, not at all. So I spend a lot of time thinking about how to gain confidence.
     And that makes me wonder. In a world of "fake it till you make it," how can you tell when
     someone is truly confident--in his or her ideas, plans, and self--and, just as important,
     that the person's confidence is justified?

     10 Things Confident People WON'T Do  |  Ladders, Dr. Travis Bradberry                                          07/21/2017
     In The Empire Strikes Back, when Yoda is training Luke to be a Jedi, he demonstrates
     the power of the Force by raising an X-wing fighter from a swamp. Luke mutters, “I
     don’t believe it.” Yoda replies, “That is why you fail.”
     As usual, Yoda was right—and science backs him up. Numerous studies have proved
     that confidence is the real key to success.
     Studies exploring the performance gap between men and women in math and spatial
     skills have found that confidence plays a huge role. Women who were asked to identify
     their gender before taking a spatial skills test performed more poorly than those who

     12 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently  |  Forbes, Dr. Travis Bradberry                    04/01/2015
Confidence takes many forms, from the arrogance of Floyd Mayweather to the quiet self-
     assurance of Jane Goodall. True confidence—as opposed to the false confidence people
     project to mask their insecurities—has a look all its own.
     When it comes to confidence, one thing is certain: truly confident people always have the
     upper hand over the doubtful and the skittish, because they inspire others and they make
     things happen.
           "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't - you're right" ~ Henry Ford

     15 Habits of Highly Confident People  |  Care2. Michelle Schoffro Cook
     No one is confident all the time, but some people seem to exude a healthy level of self-
     assurance. That confident look can leave others wondering “what’s the secret?” Here are
     some of my observations about the habits of highly confident people.

     15 Things Highly Confident People Don't Do  |  Lifehack.com, Daniel Wallen
     Highly confident people believe in their ability to achieve. If you don’t believe in yourself,
     why should anyone else put their faith in you? To walk with swagger and improve your self-
     confidence, watch out for these fifteen things highly confident people don’t do.