Wednesday, June 25, 2014

On confidence

Confidence is such a fickle emotion. Sometimes you have it, sometimes you don't. It's altered by people and situations but sadly and strangely not so often by actual accomplishments.

One of the biggest differences between the US and Europe that I've noticed after a year (or a lifetime) is that people over here seem to have more confidence. More people think they can accomplish greatness. I envy that and want my kids to have that feeling too.

Yesterday, at Niki's moving on up ceremony, the theme from Rocky played and each little kindergarteners name was called and each kid walked like a true star on his or her own up to the stage to the sound of applause. They then proceeded to sing songs about how proud they were to move up to first grade and how their teachers loved them.

I will try this for myself. Press play below.




4 comments:

natasha said...

Looking good my lovely!

Lia said...

Yes, I agree on the need to be more confident in what you think, do or choose, and that it's hard to nurture that felling.

In Spain, for example, noboody tells kids to have confidence and many people end up substituting it for arrogance out of pure fear.

But sometimes I think that overconfident people are really being delusional.

Lia

Lotta K. said...

What I see in my students sometimes (4 year private college, expensive, California) is that yes, they are confident, but they are also under-reaching. Thinking small, inside the box, safe. Better be a little uncertain and dream big?

Emi Guner said...

Lotta and Lia, so interesting.

now want to be confident and uncertain and dream big! but not delusional.