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How to be more confident in business?

To build good reputation in the business world, entrepreneurs must fulfill the high expectations that everyone await from them. Nobody expects them to be perfect, but everyone expects them to want to improve. Being confident in business can have positive impact on your startup venture. You must believe that you can succeed in order to succeed.

For first time entrepreneurs it is likely to lack the confidence they need and, because of this self-doubt, to lose the trust of their business partners. Remember that you are as strong as the weakest link in your team. Don’t let yourself be that link.

Thomas Edison has said: “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% preparation.” In these 99% there are so many things that you need to prepare for and building your business confidence is one of the important ones. So here are some things you can do to improve your business confidence.

Know your weaknesses. As a leader you often want to be competent on every topic, but let’s be realistic, nobody expects from you to know everything about everything. This is why you have a team. Be honest to yourself and list all your weaknesses, face them, accept them and try to improve them.

Emphasize your strengths. There is a thin line between self-confidence and arrogance. Over-confident people often overestimate their abilities and fail to succeed for the lack of skills. You must know what your strong skills are, believe in them and don’t be afraid to put them into action.

Look from another angle. We are good at analyzing other people and their personal skills. We have good point of view when it comes to criticizing their weaknesses and praise their strengths. Why can’t we do this with ourselves? Try to look at yourself from another angle, through the eyes of other people. Your business partners are very likely to have better opinion of your qualities and some very constructive remarks that can help you improve. Be interested in their opinions about your behavior. Don’t take the critiques that personal, even though they might be. It is always constructive to get another point of view.

Do your best. Your startup needs your best performance. You are the core of the company and you are responsible for the image of your startup venture. Always give 100% from yourself even though the results are not perfect. You are as strong as you think you are and by giving your best you don’t have to worry about the results, because this was your maximum. Don’t let the lack of self-confidence to sabotage your performance and to make you give up.

Improve. Always learn something new, something useful, something that will improve your startup experience. Constant improvement of your skills and knowledge is a great way to achieve more, to believe more in oneself and to build strong self-confidence.

Know your purpose. You have started your business with idea, with vision, with purpose. Remember that if you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will. Let your vision motivate you, give you strength and confidence. Know your purpose and follow your business mission.

Self-confidence is very important for the future of your company. People who believe more in themselves achieve more, because they have the ability to gain trust from others, to inspire others and to deliver better results. Your startup needs your confidence and you must work on improving yourself.

─ November 24, 2014