“The power of confidence…” Sometimes it can make the biggest difference between “success and failure…” I remember performing in Atlantic City a couple of years ago. During my break I actually watched gamblers lose money. It seemed like “no one” was happy but everyone kept on putting their monies into the machine hoping for some big payback residual. I was at one of those wheel things (with numbers that spin around) and I watched just about everyone lose with each spin. Then out of the blue some man strolled up and he had “TWO” women with him (One on each arm). He was an older African American man wearing what looked to be a very expensive derby and he was very well dressed. One woman was also African American and the other one was Caucasian. You could just “look” at this man and see the confidence he had. Well, this particular individual walked up to the wheel and placed a LOT of chips on the LONG SHOT number which would have paid the highest amount. People were amazed that he would put so much on that number on his very first try. Lo and behold, he “hit” the number. He then took all his chips along with his two women and “left” after his very first turn. Obviously he either “knew something that no one else knew” or his confidence was so high that he felt he could do no wrong. Either way that man got seriously paid that evening. While having confidence is no guarantee that you will hit the numbers, it can help you in a lot of endeavors. When taking an exam, it is important to feel secure about yourself (even if you have to take a guess at some answers). Confidence will also help you when it comes to dealing with others, such as a job interview or when giving a speech. People with confidence are usually viewed differently from those who lack it. Please note that being confident and being cocky are not the same thing. Being cocky has a certain degree of arrogance to it, while confidence has more to do with your will to succeed. Believe in yourself and let the doors of opportunity open up for you. In most instances, you can go “as far as you can dream.” Eliminate the word “can’t” from your vocabulary, and take off. As long as “you believe in you” then you have all the support system you need… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Chuck Jackson (he sang an old classic “Any Day Now”) and Brett Jolly