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Who Do We Choose To Be? by Margaret J. Wheatley

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Unshakable Confidence, Unquestioned Humility

There have been a few times in this book when I’ve linked together concepts that may have felt strange, such as when I paired the leaders of social change movements and terrorists. In this essay, I believe it is essential to link confidence with humility. But it may take some explaining.

Confidence, in our deranged identity-manipulating world, has deteriorated into entire industries designed to pump us up with slogans, posters, coffee mugs, cards, even billboards in the United States. We’re supposed to believe that we can be anything we want—the greatest, the fittest, the smartest, the fastest—need I go on? And we’re supposed to tell everyone about it—all the time. This is hype and self-promotion, ...

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