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The Confidence Code - The Science and Art of Self-Assurance---What Women Should Know by Katty Kay

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5

THE NEW NURTURE

Jane’s mother walked her to school for the first day of class; around Jane’s neck, tied to a string, was the key to their front door. Jane knew that at the end of the day she would have to retrace those steps all alone, let herself into the apartment, and wait an hour and a half before her big sister got back home. She was terrified and remembers crying at the prospect of something going wrong. But she made it, and after the first day she did that solo journey again and again. She was four and a half years old.

“By six, I was in Girl Scouts and I knew I’d be a leader because I’d already done the tough stuff,” she says now. “My mother didn’t show me any fear, she just said she knew I could do it and find the way home by myself. ...

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