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Ever watch someone talk and you just trust them immediately? A little of that is a fancy hat trick called charisma, and a lot of that is all about the perceived idea of confidence. But why does confidence matter so much? Shouldn’t our work speak for itself? I wish! And I bet sometimes you do too. What’s not fun – when we see people get far based on their confidence alone.

That’s not you though – you’re talented and your work is amazing. But you might be lacking that confidence part of things and thinking WHY does this matter?

There are a few reasons that confidence matters – here are our favorites:

We Trust Confidence
We are often persuaded by trust. If you’re seen as trustworthy, chances are you’re telling the truth, being sincere and generally reliable. Trust is powerful! When folks are showing confidence, they are probably being real – and while some folks may not like the “realness” (you know what I’m talking about!) folks will like to be around someone that isn’t lying, being fake and constantly letting folks down.

Confidence builds trust!

We Feel Connected to Confident People
Research shows that our minds wander about 50% of the time. Yikes.

Think about the last person you talked to that you’d describe as confident – I am willing to bet all the nachos that that person paid attention to you – or whatever was happening – and did so without missing a beat.

Confident folks might be drifting all over the place – they don’t show it. When we see that connection that isn’t nervously scattered all over the place, we see them as someone that cares and someone that we can trust.

Confidence builds connections!

Confident People Listen and Help
Connecting to the last point, confident people listen to others. They also help people out – generally, they aren’t worried if someone else “looks better” – they don’t have that whole “pie of success is finite” thing. And they are respectful of boundaries and the associated “no” that might come along if they are helping out!

Confident people listen and help out.

These three things are reason enough to work on building your confidence – and simple to start! Be trustworthy, connect and listen. While I’m a big proponent of doing your own thing, these three are simple enough to work on, and will lead to finding yours!

Reposted from Thrive Global

You’ve probably had your share of sleepless nights worrying about your career or the fate of your business, especially during the harder times. But losing sleep is unlikely to help you improve your game or make you a better leader or team member.

To make the most out of your days, you’ll need to be intentional about getting a good night’s sleep. But here’s the thing: It doesn’t begin when you crawl into bed and start fluffing your pillow, trying to get comfortable and get your mind to stop racing through all the things you need to do. Getting a good night’s sleep actually starts long before bedtime.

Below, 15 members of Young Entrepreneur Council share some of the ways you can make sure you get the rest you need and recharge, especially when facing busy days ahead.

1. Do Some Light Stretches

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By Originally published 3/29/18: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/articles/where-are-the-resources-for-women-owned-businesses/?linknav=us-openforum-profile-articles-2

Women’s History Month may be coming to an end, but women-owned businesses are just getting started.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 35.8 percent of businesses are owned by women. Yet many women business owners have a difficult time obtaining traditional bank financing for their companies. The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s most recent findings on barriers to women’s entrepreneurship found that “only 4 percent of the total dollar value of all small business loans goes to women entrepreneurs.”

Fortunately, there are resources, including financial assistance, available to women business owners.

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Originally published on Forbes.com as part of the YEC Women Community Voices.

by Jen Oleniczak Brown

“Never have I caused someone to get stitches.”

Remember this game? Never Have I Ever: that game you played at slumber parties when your mom closed the door or maybe at some party with your crush in high school. I remember it fondly, actually. Recently, those memories surfaced when a client told me that one of their senior staff members brought the now card game into an orientation lunch for a new senior staffer.

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Hi Everyone!

I feel like I JUST wrote one of these for our three-year, and again for our one-year. Guess what? We are now officially one of the few businesses that make it to FIVE years!

Looking back on the last five years is both exciting and a little sad. Exciting: We’ve done so much. We’ve reached over 25,000 students (and that was at the beginning of 2017!) we’ve expanded to additional locations, added classes, added teachers and friends and partners, worked with incredible clients, started a video series and just started prototyping activity cards. A little sad: We’ve had to pull classes for lower enrollment, we’ve held off on our LA location, we’ve lost a few great teachers and staff to other projects, pulled back from a video series and played a bit too safe with some risk.

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Video series time! How do you greet conflict in your life? Do you avoid it, greet it head on, connect with it? We’re thinking all about conflict in this three-part series and how we can be better in situations that aren’t very fun – unless you are a drama queen. First, we’re going to think about what kind of person we are when we have a moment of conflict in life. Really ask yourself, ‘Self, how do I deal with conflict?’ Now, we aren’t talking about the knock-down, drag-out fights – we’re thinking about the level we have on a semi-regular basis. Everything from disagreements to misunderstandings, how do you connect?

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BE YOURSELF! Welcome back for Part Three of Be Yourself: Make the Choice, Make it Happen! You’ve gone through parts one and two, you figured out your three things and you’ve paid attention to the ‘self’ you’ve been putting out there – now what? You have to make the choice to see if you want to work on the self that goes out there, or do you want to keep on keeping on. It’s up to YOU – if you want to put on another persona while you are talking to people, that’s your choice. If you want to start and continue to bring out your best self, start here. As always, sit back, enjoy, and let us know if you have any comments or questions!

BE YOURSELF! We’re back again with part two of our Be Yourself series – what aspects of you are YOU? We know that you are made up of a million wonderful things – what are the three traits that really make up who you are? And are those things you share with the outside world, or are you hiding things because people might misinterpret it, or you need to be seen in a certain way? We’re thinking about bringing that best self – so sit back, relax and enjoy! Let us know if you have any questions or comments for next week!

Welcome back to another video, and today we’re working on figuring out who we are. Do you behave the same with your friends and your coworkers? Are you having a hard time with the phrase, ‘Be Yourself’? So often we’re told to be ourselves with no way to completely figure out who we are! In this three-part series, we’re going to think about our self-awareness in developing who we are and who we want to be, as well as figuring out that line between how we are perceived and what we put out into the world. As always, please share and send this along to friends and family, and be sure to send us any questions or comments you might have about our video series!

You did it – did you? Maybe you got the job or the next interview – and maybe you didn’t. Best thing to do now is to reflect on what happened – both how you felt and how you could grow. We tend to skip the reflection part of experiences, and that’s actually the most important part! Nothing matters if you are shooting scatter-shot into the wind. Check out our tips for reflection, and let us know if you have questions!

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