15 Quotes For More Confidence Than Kanye
I know right – a tall order.
I think my favourite quote from Kanye West is:
“Jay is Kweli’s favorite rapper, 50 is Eminem’s favorite rapper, and I’m my favorite rapper.”
That pretty much sums him up right?
Arrogance aside, I can’t help but think we could ALL use just a sprinkle of Kanye-like confidence.
It’s been a thread that’s run throughout my life: low self-esteem, low confidence, general anxiety… And often enough, I was told the not-very-useful advice:
“You need to be more confident.”
How’s that again?
Is it something I can buy? No.
Is it something I can consume? No.
Can I get it on prescription? Not on the NHS anyway.
I’ve since learnt that confidence requires a few different things:
… Plus I love alliteration so bear with me while I explain these fully:
In general, we have to see something in action before we learn it. If I’m an athlete trying to perfect my backflip, I’m going to watch the pro’s/my mentor/my coach etc perform the action in advance in order to master it.
Same with confidence. I had family members and teachers who would tell me to ‘be more confident’ but they weren’t exactly role models themselves.
Moreover, they didn’t attempt to teach me what I needed to know to actually develop my confidence. Which brings me onto…
I find it very hard to accept anything I’m told without understanding some pretty solid reason, logic, facts or figures behind it. I must be an irritating pupil.
But I also think that’s what makes me a good teacher: I don’t expect people to swallow what I say without having some strong reasoning, and where possible, evidence, to back it up.
Now that I know what I know about developing confidence, I can reason with myself when I start to feel irrationally scared or doubtful.
I know that it will take time and practise, but more importantly: I’ve read enough about it that I KNOW confidence is something that can be increased.
Oh – but not without repetition. Practice is indeed key with developing pretty much any skill, and confidence is no different.
I’ve given you my daily confidence-boosting routine, but this isn’t where my confidence practice ends.
I’m very much for the rule: ‘Do something every day that scares you.‘
We become ‘desensitised’ to fear surprisingly quickly, and I’ve noticed it in myself. Take my live-streaming.
This is something that would play on my mind all day before I ‘got it out of the way’ and, even though I’m not the natural on-camera star I hope to become, it IS getting easier.
So these quotes I picked are my way of embodying these 3 principles.
We have role models – from the people who I’m quoting from; we have reason – in the form of what the quotes teach us about confidence; and we have repetition – if you read quotes like this often enough, without barfing, you WILL start to internalise them.
Without further ado…
My 15 Quotes For More Confidence Than Kanye
Want to know the thing I’m doing today that scares me?
Sending out Day 1 of my 7 Days to Creating Confidence Challenge to my brave challengers!
But then I reason with myself: I KNOW y’all are going to love it and get a lot out of it.
If you’re reading this in the future (hi, future!) , you can still enter to start the challenge TODAY: