“When you work as hard as I do, having confidence is no problem.”
I love this comment! Jordan won an Gold medal in wrestling at the London Olympics, so he surely knows a thing or two about hard work and results. We need to earn the right to feel proud and confident — and working hard is the way we get there.
The Compact Oxford English Dictionary gives two basic definitions of “confidence:” 1) the belief that one can have faith in or rely on someone or something; 2) self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one’s abilities.
In a nutshell, confidence involves having faith in, feeling sure about, and appreciating your skills and talent. And this belief that you have what it takes to accomplish what you value and aspire to is the product of putting in the time, doing the work, and pushing yourself to the next level.
The more I learn about accomplished writers, the more I realize that they invested long hours and many years in building the foundation for their success. When Nathaniel Hawthorne was writing A Scarlet Letter, his wife noted in her journal that he worked nine hours a day, day after day. It took James Joyce years to write Ulysses. And Ernest Hemingway penned an ocean of words over decades before he was capable of writing two of his most beloved works: For Whom the Bell Tolls and The Old Man and the Sea.
Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote her classic novel Anne of Green Gables while she was working as a proofreader and editor. She would get up every morning at six and devote time to her creative fiction. In her journal, she noted that her work was getting better: She was writing stories that she couldn’t have written six months or a year before. Investing time in developing her craft gave her a command over the tools of her trade — and she could see and feel the difference it made. The same goes for us: The harder we work, the better and more confident we’ll feel. Write on!