You Know It, When You See It
Some years ago, I did some research to try to determine what self-confidence looked like to most people. The goal was to put a "face" to it thereby making it easier for persons to identify with it and have a clearer vision of how to achieve it.
That research grew into a 2-year study and a series of training interventions. What was revealing was that over 80% of the persons interviewed, out of a pool of 2,500, said that a business suit projected the most confident "feel and look".
Actually, for the majority of the respondents, if you wore a well-fitting, dark suit and you were appropriately groomed, they would class you as being highly self-confident. This self-confidence would have a magnetic effect and cause people to gravitate towards you.
That study was done between 1997-2000.
A Lot Has Changed In 20 Years
Fast-forward to today, 2020 and, without updating that study, I can put myself out there and say that self-confidence looks very different now. Most of that change has been driven by the internet and digital business.
Some of the most successful people of our time are casual wearing, young, bright individuals who have walked away from the traditional confinement of business and redefined what self-confidence is. Many did not complete their college degree or MBA.
The stuffy, pethouse boardroom has been replaced with beachfronts, forest retreats, home-offices and sofa comfort.
Thanks to the internet, self-confidence is something that you see and feel in words, sounds and numbers - and not necessarily dollars and cents. With this new slate, the opportunity to plant a confident footing and grow into a powerhouse can emanate from anywhere you choose.