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The Route to Gaining Confidence: for Students

As many of you may already know, I’ve been working in schools for a while now training young people to be better leaders. During this process I’ve come to realize that confidence is a massive, massive, massive issue!


I’ve discovered that there are two ways that we can build confidence that I see happening today and the first is this:


We can take the indirect route to confidence, which is by us going and looking at external entities- whether it’s people or friends or looking at our grades or our finances, external things that validate us and give us confidence.


However, I have found that the danger of the indirect route is that if those things don’t come to pass – our friends turn their backs on us, money doesn’t come in, or we don’t get those grades – we lose our confidence and we lose our self-esteem.


So, I want to encourage you to take another route to confidence: the direct route.


The direct route says:


I’m going to believe in myself, I’m going to have a can-do mentality, and rather than trying to look to others to give me validation, I am going to look within myself and believe in myself.
I’m going to say that ‘I am good enough’, ‘I deserve this’ and, ‘I’m going to be the best’–




If you are a student reading this, I want to encourage you to go to school with this can-do mentality. Be confident! Think of the sun- it doesn’t try to shine, it just shines. It just does, it just is! This week work on just BEING! Be the best that you can be!!


It’s that simple!


This post was written by Errol Lawson, founder and director of Emerge Leadership. To learn more about Errol visit


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