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On Confidence

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  397 ratings  ·  34 reviews
The difference between success and failure often hangs on a concept that our standard education system never
touches: confidence. On Confidence walks us around the key issues that stop us from making more of our potential.
We hear about the impostor syndrome, the wisdom of imagining the great in their bathrooms, and what Nietzsche and Montaigne (among others) have to tell
Kindle Edition, 60 pages
Published July 30th 2017 by The School of Life Press (first published July 2017)
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Sepinood Ghiami
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
دربارهی مجموعه

"مدرسهی زندگی" یک سازمان آموزشیه، که با هدف ِ افزایش ِ هوش ِ هیجانی و توصیههایی برای مواجهه با مشکلات ِ زندگی، توسط الن دو باتن پایه گذاری شده و علاوه بر تولید محتوای بصری (فیلم) و برگزاری کارگاهها و سمینارهای مختلف، اقدام به چاپ ِ مجلدات مختلفی دربارهی مسائل مهم ِ فلسفی، روانی و شخصی در زندگی مردم کرده.

دربارهی کتاب

کتاب از ده بخش تشکیل شده، که هر بخش، به یکی از دلایل ِ کمبود ِ اعتماد به نفس میپردازه. خیلی خلاصه و جمع و جوره، و احتمالا میشه توی یک نشست تمومش کرد. مشکلی که وجود
Sep 02, 2018 added it
من ترجمه فارسي اين كتاب را از فيديبو خريدم و خوندم. كتابهاي مدرسه زندگي را دوست دارم چون كوتاه و مختصر اما مفيد و ارزشمند هستند. اين كتاب درباره اعتماد به نفس گفته و نكته جالبي كه اشاره كرده اينكه ما بيشتر اوقات اعتماد به نفسمان را ازدست مي ديم به دليل اينكه تصور مي كنيم كاستي ها و نقص ها فقط در ما وجود داره و مثلاً رئيس ما، همسايه ما، شريك تجاري ما، معلم ما و افراد ثروتمند و مشهور عاري از كم و كاستي هستند.
اگه باور كنيم كه ديگران هم مثل ما حماقت هايي در زندگي دارند، سوتي هايي مي دهند، كارهاي عج
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many important nuggets of truth in this tiny book. Some points that resonated with me in particular:

On impostor syndrome: Others' minds work much in the same way ours do. Other people must be as anxious, uncertain and wayward as we are; therefore, nothing fundamental stands between us and the possibility of responsibility, success and fulfillment.

History is now: the majority of what exists is arbitrary, neither inevitable nor right, simply the result of muddle and happenstance. We should be conf
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
this was actually a christmas gift which um.... thanks? i don't know how to take my friend being aware of my lack of confidence — but yeah, this is a difficult one to rate.

it was a quick read, nothing special. it didn't really go any way to helping someone build confidence just more of a 'hey, here's why you lack confidence, why some people are more confident than others' which is insightful, sure, but i didn't really learn anything new and i've not come away with an overwhelming urge to put my
Robert Costin
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A concise, often amusing, and characteristically thoughtful book. Has some great quotes, such as 'The road to greater confidence begins with a ritual of telling oneself solemnly every morning...that one is a muttonhead, a cretin, a dumbbell and an imbecile. A few more acts of folly should, thereafter, not matter very much.' Will be rereading.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it
اعتماد به نفس، مهارت است و در نتیجه با تمرین قابلیت بهبودی دارد. این کتاب نکاتی ساده و مهم درباره عواملی که ممکن است باعث کاهش اعتماد به نفس شود اشاره میکند.
1. از موقعیت ها دوری میکنیم چون فکر می کنیم ممکن است احمق به نظر برسیم. درصورتیکه ما و همینطور دیگران تا حدی احمق هستیم و نباید ازین اتفاق بترسیم! "وقتی بپذیریم شکست هنجار است، آزادانه چیزها را امتحان خواهیم کرد."
2.سندرم دغلبازی: ما از درونِ پرعیب خود و بیرونِ بی نقص دیگران آگاهیم و این سبب کاهش اعتماد به نفس ما میشود. دوباتن با اشاره به ح
Thomas Hunt
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Positive book about how to be more confident by realizing that no one knows what they're doing and neither do you. It's okay t0 make a fool of yourself sometimes. Just do it more often.
Simon Vandereecken
Une lecture intéressante mais moins concrète que How to Find Love, on y trouvera un peu d'aide mais beaucoup de répétitions avec d'autres livres. J'y ai moins trouvé de conseils pratiques à mettre en application même s'il apprends à intégrer plus de relativisme dans sa vie.

"Most of what we win is not quite deserved and most of what we suffer isn't either. Cancer wards are not filled with the exceptionally wicked."
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Although not as insightful and inviting of crucial self-analysis as Self-Knowledge, this was a quaint little volume reminding us to accept that we are sometimes (often) buffoons (and that's normal, so don't sweat it!), to be less attached to protecting our serious image, to see others–including "important" people in positions of authority–for what they are: fallible mortals, to be more aware of our own mortality and how silly our problems are in light of the fact that we all die at some point, a ...more
Charmaine Soh
a really light and quick inspiring book for self-growth. i enjoyed many of the life tips put into perspective using various analogies and examples, made the read more relatable.

2 of my favourite lines that i hope will stick with me:

~ we live in practical terms like immortals, as if we will always have the opportunity to address our stifled longings one day

~ refuse to let the verdicts of others become our verdicts on ourselves

they speak the truth: that time doesn't wait for anyone & i shou
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: confidence
A really great little book. Points were not entirely easy to pull and the writing was a little difficult. However, while sticking with it and re-reading points to ensure I understood, the advice was sound. The question as to why we lack confidence has much to do with our own beliefs. This book pulls out some really great points around how we define confidence and what we may be already doing to keep us from having it. It's worth a read but it's not expansive. It's not the king of mental models t ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Sort of a mixed bag; a mix of on-point insights, dark admonitions, and a full 50% overly dark classicist high minded euro-claptrap. Thought provoking at time if not particularly actionable. I guess the title is fair: despite the encouraging introduction, this book is more of a musing than a manual. A good free library read, concise and pocket sized. Not recommended as a gift :)
Swati S
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Extremely worthwhile read!

Found this book at a key time in my life and it was such a necessary read. It gets to the exact heart of the issue in every chapter. The way it's written walks you through your own root beliefs on this topic and organically start to change your thinking. Extremely worthwhile read!
Jack Ramírez
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's a really nice book, easy to read with digestible concepts on self-esteem. The book itself wouldn't replace the guidance of a professional therapist whom might help you to dig deeper and guide you properly along the process but it can give a perspective to the fundamentals of self-awareness so you can start to understand what causes your lack of confidence.
I have a number of favourite quotes from this book, that put into words many things that I felt but struggled to express or formulate into sentences. I think this book will be given a re-read many times in the future - and perhaps in one sitting, rather than being dragged out over a few months (for which I blame my recently acquired/acknowledged short attention span).
Mike Dennisuk
A quick little read on the nature of confidence. This book did not really engage me and I am not sure why. Perhaps I was expecting something a bit different. Perhaps I am too confident. There were some nuggets that made it a useful purchase and read.
Parvez Ahmed
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
embrace foolishness.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it, but felt it was too short for me. Would’ve loved a more in depth exploration onto the subject.
Apr 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Some good stuff but really the message fell flat as it was more theory and less practical steps that you could take to actually increase your confidence. In the end its all in your head anyways.
Stefan Dimov
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very brief and straight to the point. 10 potential confidence issues are described with solutions. Would definitely recommend.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
good nuggets. a sense of optimism and not taking oneself too seriously
Carl Spina
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A quick read that provided me with several insightful quotes.
Luke Reber
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid book
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great, short read that reminds us everyone is a fool.
Alexander Bennett
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Thought provoking. Kept concise enough to really focus on the subject and give you time to think about the subject in terms of yourself.
Ross Cohen
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brief and helpful.
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short book(let), expanding on and strategizing about confidence: cultivating it (intentionally), its sources, confronting (the lack of). Will reference again.
Edir Garcia
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This one is alright, you can come back to it when you're feeling not confident. There are more interesting titles in the school of life series.
Arturo Hernández
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
An insight into our behaviors around confidence. What we have perceived as correct and not throughout history. Has interesting insights. It’s a bit too superficial though.
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