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Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge by Becky Blalock

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Chapter Four

Dare to Project a Confident Attitude

Embrace the Behaviors and Mind-Sets of Powerful Leadership

Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the ground we oft might win by trying to attempt.

William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Act I, Scene 4

Having self-confidence is the difference between feelingunstoppable and feeling scared out of your wits. What is more, your perception of yourself has a big impact on how others perceive you. The more self-confident you are, the more likely you will be to succeed.

I muddled through the early part of my career without much in the way of confidence, but I knew that if I wanted to go further, I'd need to change. In the early 1990s I faced my fears head-on when I was chosen to participate in ...

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