The Catholic Book of Character and Success: Chapter Notes
Chapter Thirty-One: Have confidence in yourself.
- Confidence is a state that everyone should possess, lying midway between the vices of timidity and overconfidence.
- Success in life depends on confidence.
- Confidence vitalises and strengthens the heart and cheers the soul.
- The overconfident often fail by relying on natural ability rather than industry.
- Likewise the timid often fail because they lack the strength to start. Often men will fail because they expect themselves to.
- Success lies in the correct attitude. Under or over confidence hampers a man in careful preparation and execution of his plans.
- Some men have been gifted with the spirit of confidence but they must still bring this under control and recognise that these attributes come from God.
- Those endowed with self-confidence must take care not to allow it to degenerate into presumptuousness or overconfidence.
- Even the most talented have to toil tirelessly towards success, as there are no guarantees of attaining it.
- Men with lesser ability have often trumped their more talented neighbours by hard work and determination.
- Choice of occupation makes a difference in this regard. A person who aims beyond their capacity, or takes a job that they are temperamentally unsuitable for, stands to fail.
- Self confidence is rooted in the will, being fortified against the capriciousness of feelings.
- Criticism must be used to our advantage so as to strengthen and not weaken our confidence.
- Continual practice in any art or occupation builds confidence.
- Doubt naturally comes to those who have been untested in their field, but confidence can dissolve those doubts when a man does his best to practice and prepare for whatever task he has ahead.
- Having the courage to firstly do proper preparation and secondly take action is the foundation for self confidence and success.