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Ernest Hemingway, Confidence Coach

"Era un vecchio che pescava da solo su una barca a vela nella Corrente del Golfo ed erano ottantaquattro giorni ormai che non prendeva un pesce. A quel punto decise che era giunto il momento di mangiarsi quei succulenti filetti di tonno in vetro..."
There were the the wasteland days when I couldn’t have gathered together enough confidence to smear over a slice of hot toast.

Then there was the slow discovery that there was something to this confidence thing that made all the difference to my coaching clients, and the digging deep into what confidence is, where it comes from and what stops it. And there’s the consistent unveiling of layer after layer of my own confidence and discovering more and more about what it means to be naturally confident in the face of impossible challenges.

Confidence is so multi-faceted in its application and in its value that I have different ways to talk about it in terms of beauty, gratitude, challenge, risk, joy and hardship. So when I stumbled on this quote from Hemingway, it was love at first sight.

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”
― Ernest Hemingway

The quality that enables all of those things that Hemingway so beautifully describes, and gives you comfort even when wounded or destroyed, is confidence.

It’s the sense that you’re already whole and can trust your behaviour implicitly, regardless of what happens.

What do you think―do you want to be one of the “best people” that Hemingway describes?

Comments

  1. This post really touched me……stirred something deep down….I can’t even say what, but I felt a flutter of …..energy? a spark?
    Something will emerge, I know it.
    You always write wonderful posts Steve, but something here was extra special.

    You don’t know Steve, but you and I go back almost five years…..the time your name, your existence, came into my life……by a route you wouldn’t expect. I will email you soon to explain, but I knew it was an important connection then….but …..well I’ll explain.

    But thank you for THIS post Steve. Just hit the spot.
    Brian

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