8 traits of highly confident people

What distinguishes super-confident people from the rest of the pack? Surprisingly, the traits that stand out aren’t that rare – they just don’t always come together. So, you may see a few traits that apply to you on this list, but pay close attention to the traits that don’t apply and think about how to develop them.

They don’t dwell on the past.

Although it’s important to learn from the past, confident people don’t dwell on the past. If you dwell on the past you won’t be able to continue moving forward, so you won’t have a chance to apply any of the lessons the past has taught you.

They do new things.

People who are lacking in confidence often stick with the same old things that they’re familiar with. Confident people don’t hesitate to try new things, recognizing that any mistakes they make along the way will serve as excellent learning experiences.

They are humble.

Because confident people are sure of their standing and their success, they don’t feel the need to brag about it. Instead, they simply let their accomplishments and their reputation speak for itself.

They have priorities.

Confident people have the ability to say no and so they are able to make time for the things that matter in life. Being confident doesn’t mean that you have to be all work and no play – in fact, it means that you are more able to play because you have the ability to say no.

They know what they like.

Although people who are confident are not afraid to try new things, they also have a strong understanding of what they like and what they don’t like because they have developed a strong sense of self.

They don’t wait for the perfect time.

Sometimes, the “perfect” time will never come. If you’re confident, though, you will be able to recognize when the time is ripe to act and understand that there may never be a perfect time. If you’re sufficiently confident in yourself and your work, that won’t be a problem.

They don’t overcomplicate.

When a confident person wants something, they devise a straightforward plan to achieve it; they don’t get bogged down in tangential possibilities.

They trust their instincts.

Confident people have a strong enough sense of self, that they know when their instincts are correct and they don’t allow themselves to be swayed by others.

Can Akdeniz

Can Akdeniz is the author of seven books and founder of Business Hacker, a popular business blog. His books such as Go Nuts, Cool Boss, Happy Company and MBA 2.0 have changed how people think about business, productivity and work.