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What's Stopping You? Being More Confident. Why Smart People Can Lack Confidence and What You Can Do About It

  • ID: 2239350
  • Book
  • December 2012
  • Region: Global
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Do you lack confidence or self belief?

Join the club. Millions of otherwise smart people lack the confidence to achieve their full potential at work, in their careers and even in their personal pursuits. Yet confidence isn t something that can be conjured from motivational exercises or via quick–fix techniques.

Confidence is something you must build for yourself. It takes planning and action, deciding where you want to gain confidence and how it must be won. It will require courage, optimism and resilience.

In this follow–up to his international bestseller What s Stopping You? Robert Kelsey offers a deep understanding of confidence, suing extensive research analysis, as well his own experiences, to help you to:

  • Identify the truth about confidence its root causes, as well as the damaging self beliefs that generate poor confidence
  • Accept who you are, while planning your path towards confidence through achievement
  • Understanding the myths around confidence, such as the need to be outgoing or to have talent
  • Overcome the most common barrier to strong confidence: other people
  • Deal with other barriers to confidence such as shyness, anxiety, stress, prefudice and even hubris
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Introduction 1

Part One Explaining Poor Confidence 7

1 Scripts 9

2 Mindset 22

3 Reactions 34

4 The Journey 45

Part Two The Alchemy of Confidence 57

5 Optimism and Resilience 59

6 Self–Efficacy and Talent 69

7 Courage and Extraversion 78

8 Trust and Judgement 87

Part Three Achievement 97

9 Identity 99

10 Goals 110

11 The Plan 120

Part Four Situations 133

12 Shyness 135

13 Developing Confidence at Work 147

14 Working with Others 157

15 Dating 170

Part Five Barriers 179

16 Prejudice 181

17 Procrastination 188

18 Depression 194

19 Stress and Anxiety 202

20 Hubris 210

The Route to Confidence in Seven Stages 221

What the Psychologists Say 224

Bibliography 233

About Robert Kelsey 237

Index 239

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Robert Kelsey is author of Capstone′s bestselling What′s Stopping You? exploring why smart people failed to reach their potential. He has gone on to sell over 64,000 copies across three What′s Stopping You? titles.
Robert Kelsey is CEO of Moorgate Communications, a financial PR agency, and was previously CEO of Metrocube, a start–up incubator located in London′s fashionable "City–fringes". He trained as a financial journalist before becoming an investment banker and a now an entrepreneur, running his successful PR agency.
Yet Kelsey remains and perennial outsider. From a rebellious childhood to an adulthood of pursuing a series of unsuitable careers, he has had a lifetime of failing to settle into any group activities, yet lacking the confidence, guile or know–how to profitably "rebel". Kelsey has developed an enormous insight into both the root causes of alienation and the all–encompassing negative consequences.

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