How to Fake Confidence at Work (Until There's No Need to Fake It Anymore)
Some people are simply born with confidence. They advocate for themselves with ease. Decision-making comes as naturally as breathing. They make their opinions known without a second thought. And because of this, the workplace is where they thrive, because, as many managers will tell you, confidence is an invaluable trait (or is it a learned skill?) in any career or industry.
"Confidence is crucial because it overcomes fear," says Kim Perell, an entrepreneur, angel investor, national bestselling author, and tech CEO. "This will allow you the ability to take on new things, whether it's a new project at work or starting your own company. Confidence gives you the power to make [something] a reality."
But what about the professionals with a higher tendency to self-doubt? Those talented, yet insecure individuals under the influence of impostor syndrome, prone to second-guessing their ideas, abilities, and worth in the workplace? Whether you're a shy new hire, a young post-grad new to the working world, or just a low-key employee who's ready to boost their confidence and be taken seriously—let it be known that confidence can be learned.
If you're what's holding you back, internalize these self-confidence tips from Perell. Slowly but surely, you'll start to see a shift in both the way you see yourself and the way others see you. Trust us, this is the last time you'll be passed over for a promotion due to a lack of confidence.