Posted March 12, 2011 12:05 am by with 9 comments

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Self confidence is everything.

What separates successful entrepreneurs from you? If you are already successful, then what have you got that others don’t? Well, the truth is each of us have different qualities that help us succeed, but very few successful entrepreneurs have low self confidence. Being sure of yourself at every step of the way is crucial to finding success. It will dramatically improve your marketing, product development, and pricing.

I started making more money with my business when I realized I was really good at what I do. Understanding that gave me the confidence to price my products and services at a rate that was fair to myself. I started making more money when I had greater confidence in the products that I created. Realizing that helped me write and talk about them in a way that my time and energy deserved. I started making more money when I turned down potential projects and clients that I knew weren’t worth my time. Figuring that out helped me allocate my time and energy to projects and clients that valued what I offer.

But, how do you drum up that extra needed bit of self confidence? Well, I am not a self help book, but let me tell you how I did it. 🙂

  • Quit hanging around folks that don’t believe in you. You’re a cool person and anyone that doesn’t see that is a waste of your time and energy. You also need to know the difference between not believing in you and not understanding. For those of us that work and play on the internet, most of our family and friend don’t understand what we do. This doesn’t mean they don’t have confidence in us, they just don’t understand. Know the difference and separate the two.
  • Start doing. Doing what? Whatever it is that you need confidence in. Been talking about starting a new business? Want to write a book? Quit talking and thinking about these things, and start doing them. After they are done you can sit back and feel good about how awesome you are for getting it done!
  • Don’t be a guru. It seems like social media is full of folks that think if they fool themselves and those around them at thinking they are a guru they will some how acquire a new level of self confidence. The truth is, that’s just shallow arrogance, instead of trying to be the best SEO or the best affiliate marketer. How about be the best at meeting your own needs? Find confidence in ranking your own sites and filling your own back account. That is far more important than writing a blog post and speaking at conferences under the guise of a guru.
  • Be one with your community. I can’t even tell you how many times I have felt like a complete rock star after helping someone out in my community. Being a reliable source that people can come to with questions and help, is EXTREMELY satisfying.

So now you are on your way to having all the self confidence you need right? Great! But don’t forget this isn’t about you. Sure, self confidence starts with you, and ultimately you are the only one responsible for it, but it affects so much more than you. Don’t get me wrong, all the added perks are great, more money, more time, ect. But in the end, its more about positioning yourself in a place that enables you to perform better for the people around you.

If you provide client services, then higher self confidence enables you to take risks and push through work for them that you normally wouldn’t. If you create and sell products, then higher self confidence will help you build better products that take advantage of your entire imagination.

Or if you go to a ‘9 to 5’ job each day (is there really such a beast in this industry?), then higher self confidence will help you do your job better and build a stronger foundation for the future. Either way, in the end, self confidence is more about everyone else than you.

But then again you already knew this, because you are already awesome!

  • Awesome advice as always Joe. I can’t tell you just how frustrating it is for me to see people with lots of ability and potential, but not self confidence.

    I loved the video and funnily enough, just bought “Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life” and hope to read it soon. Apparently you and the author are on the same page when it comes to lessons learned from the wild! 🙂

    • Thanks Andy! Surprised you are reading that book and not writing it! You will have to let me know what you think of it!

  • Great stuff, Joe! To ensure the success of your project, you need to also have the confidence to do what you describe with ethics, honesty and integrity. There is a ton of pressure (and misinformation) online to take shortcuts and implement strategies (allot from those “gurus” you mention) that are not on the up and up — just to make a buck.

    When you know in your gut that a product, process (or even client) requires you water down what you know is right, even though you can make more money — walk away. No amount of money is worth that compromise. Having this methodology at the core of how you build your business adds to not only your confidence factor but that of your potentials customers too.

    • Hey Judith, thanks for the comment and reading!

  • Absolutely! Besides, promoting air is tiring. 🙂

  • Thanks for this advice Joe. It makes a lot of sense and is definitely what I needed to hear.

    • No problem! See ya back on Twitter!

  • Start Doing is about it. The only problem I have found for myself is when I stopped listening to others and sometimes my own ideas were astray. It is always good to keep an ear open.. a bit… to see what others are saying.

  • Thanks Joe. Interesting read and always helpful in moving forward