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Stain of Confidence

By: Michael Blankenship |

“Believe you can, and you’re halfway there.” 

– Theodore Roosevelt

Ever walk into a situation and think… 

“I’m not sure how this is gonna go. I’m not that great at it.”

While someone else can walk into the same situation and think… 

“I’m gonna crush this. I’m the best.”

Even if they aren’t actually the best?

You can probably guess who wins. 

It’s typically the person who had that stain of confidence, perhaps unmerited confidence. 

After studying many facets of human nature in his book, Thinking Fast & Slow, Daniel Kahneman concludes, “When action is needed, optimism, even of the mildly delusional variety, may be a good thing.”

To win, you need to get out of your own way.

To get better — to do the hard stuff that MAKES you better — you have to have faith in your greatness… even if you don’t have evidence of your greatness. 

You need to decide if you’re going to be your greatest obstacle…

… or your biggest fan.


By leveraging your human ability to believe in something without evidence. Many people do this with their religion or their politics. Why not do it with your own ability to be great? 

Because if there’s one thing you should be zealous about — if there’s one thing you should have an undying belief in, regardless of evidence or opinions or commentary — it’s your own potential for greatness.

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