How important is confidence?
Let me share three stories on confidence and why it’s important.
The first story is from my football playing days. I began my collegiate football career at powerhouse University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Although as a freshman I got to play a small amount, win a conference championship and go to a national championship, I was not happy being there.
A man who I had known since my early years in high school named Stan Zweifel instilled the confidence in me. While I was at UW-Whitewater, we were getting ready to fly to Virginia for the national championship game. Two days before we left, I got word that he was named the head coach at the University of Dubuque. Right then, I knew that’s where I would be the next fall.
The University of Dubuque football team hadn’t won a conference championship in three decades and the team’s performance was brutal the years leading to our arrival there. But every day Coach Z told us that we would win a conference championship – he guaranteed it.
The first two years were rough, building years. But my senior year he led us to the conference championship game, where we won. If not for his confidence which was close to and probably is cockiness we would not have been there. We would not have survived the tough, long days and seasons of loosing. Because even as a team who was at five hundred and below, he would tell us how great we are, and how great we were going to become. Not only would he tell us, he would tell everyone! That’s confidence.
My second story is with a current project I am involved in, of which I am a Co-Founder – Vet24Seven. Our CEO, who has decades of experience in the technology sector has confidence. He has raised $100+ million dollars for other ventures and knows we are going to reach our goals. He talks big, and has big ideas to back them up. His voice is always strong, and he is never hesitant. He makes the rest of his team, who are also very confident people, believe that this can be a company worth $800 million one day once we branch out into other areas of emphasis. Confidence!
My third story is about a friend, Saree Zweifel (Coach Z’s daughter), who through Girls on Target (located in San Diego) builds a young girls/woman’s confidence. She is making a living, doing something she loves, by raising CONFIDENCE levels!
Confidence is obviously a huge deal and many people recognize this. Confidence makes you feel comfortable with who you are, what you do, and not worry about the haters. Confidence let’s you live a joyful life and is a stress reducer. Confidence is something that everyone has, some just initially have trouble letting it shine. Confidence allows you to carry out your life’s dreams no matter what they be.
Be confident in what you do, who you are, where you are going. Be confident in yourself and feel the weight come off your shoulders.