Confidence is an important personal quality that everyone wants and needs. Do we understand this concept well enough? Not really!
In this article, my intention is to make this page a starting place to explore the “concept of confidence.” With the following sub-article, I would like answer some important questions.
Why do we, as a whole, have enough confidence? It is a “human resource development matter” which has no boundary and is limitless. Everyone can have as much as they want, and it will never run out like a “Natural Resource.”
That is why I have been asking the following questions for decades:
What is confidence? – Define it.
Why do we want it? – What is its purpose?
How to gain more of it? – What is the method?
How does one measure confidence? – Without knowing how to measure it, we can’t control it.
Here are a few generalized notions that’re commonly misunderstood:
“A successful experience will boost confidence.” Therefore, if a student becomes a black belt, they think they will gain a lot of more confidence. The problem is, “what percentage of students will attain the black belt level?” A very small percentage. That isn’t good news! Everyone has to have confidence first to be successful.
“If you give a lot of compliments, then children will gain confidence.” Well, that’s not entirely true, because false compliments promote a false belief and build a flaky personality. This does not sound like confidence. In many cases, it can be addictive, and children will look for approval without good performance.
My base starting point is:
“If the definition of a word is unclear, everyone will go astray.
If a concept is not formed in one’s mind, it can’t be a reality.”
Let me be clear with the above point. For example, “women” have existed throughout human history, yet the concept of “woman” isn’t same. Concept, which means a general notion or idea, of women or children are not significant to include in census on early biblical times such as book in “Numbers”. But now they are! Another case is in USA, women’s voting rights have been established since 1920, not even 100 years yet as of 2019. General notion of the human mind is men and women are not equal in political rights until the 20th century!
Another example is the concept of credit in modern economy. Before the concept of credit, if we wanted to buy an item such as a house or a car, we had to pay in full. But how many people can pay in full for a house? Not many! That is why they came up with the concept of “credit.” It means a person’s age, their current job position, and their predicted future income. They track records of transactions, and the stability of social status. This is a consideration of present value, it is not realized as actual, yet it has current value as credit. How many folds the size of world economy has grown because of the “concept of credit”? Enormously!
Coming back to the subject of confidence, if we can clear the concept of confidence like concept of credit, it will be an exponential of “human resource development”. It is certainly not an easy task, but important enough to invest my whole life pursuing the answers. As a result, I became the “Human EngineerⓇ” in 2012.
It is the first step of a thousand mile journey!
Now, we must ask “what it means to be a human?” or “What is manhood?” Without a clear definition, the only option left is guesswork.
Read more: What it means to be a human?
Please join with me in this exciting expedition.