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How much does confidence matter?

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posted on Aug, 30 2016 @ 08:22 PM
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If confidence mattered all the time, every casino in the world would go broke. Can anyone argue the veracity of that statement? I think it's undeniable.

I believe in any situation where mathematics determines your probability of succeeding (such as with most casino games), confidence is irrelevant.

The place I think confidence matters most is in interpersonal relationships and interactions. The main reason I think it matters is because a person's confidence can rub off on others. The consequence of that is people like and trust confident people more and are more likely to follow confident people for that reason. That's what the "con" in "confidence game" is about.

I'm of the belief that confidence matters any time an individual can change the probability of success with their actions. The question is, how often does that come up?
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posted on Aug, 30 2016 @ 09:46 PM
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a reply to: Profusion

Confidence may not matter much against a rigged game/poor odds, but it DOES matter when you are dealing with people, making decisions in life and taking certain healthy risks. In this sense, I see value in confidence, but overconfidence is a deadly thing as well. You need to have merited confidence, otherwise you might be walking head first into your own blazing downfall



posted on Aug, 30 2016 @ 11:43 PM
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"Confidence is the food of the wise man, but also the liquor of the fool" -Vikram

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posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 12:57 AM
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I believe in any situation where mathematics determines your probability of succeeding (such as with most casino games), confidence is irrelevant.


I agree to a certain extent. In this case, confidence becomes mixed and sometimes confused with hope. However, one must feel a bit confident and hopeful to engage in an activity where they are at the mercy of mathematical (g)odds in the first place.



The place I think confidence matters most is in interpersonal relationships and interactions.


Most people (especially women) seem to appreciate and seek a confident person. It seems to be one of the qualities they look for upon first getting to know someone of interest - a potential mate. I personally do not believe it matters the most when it comes to relationships and interactions despite remaining important.



The main reason I think it matters is because a person's confidence can rub off on others. The consequence of that is people like and trust confident people more and are more likely to follow confident people for that reason.


Paul McCartney explained in the documentary, "Living In The Material World," that John Lennon was very confident. To paraphrase, he explained that Lennon was like the guy in a war battalion who always marched onto the battlefield first. He went on to explain that in their early years, Lennon's confidence is what gave the rest of them the courage to put their stage fright/anxiety aside and just follow him onto the stage.



I'm of the belief that confidence matters any time an individual can change the probability of success with their actions.


In this particular philosophy you have expressed, I believe the concept of faith becomes meshed with the idea of confidence.



The question is, how often does that come up?


My personal experiences have shown me that confidence is a form of faith. Faith is the primary driving force in manifesting - turning intention/subjective desires into objective fact/tangible experiences. Action is secondary, however it is still necessary. The idea of hope is a waste of time. Hope is the complete opposite of faith. Without a deep seeded belief (faith), no amount of action will produce the complete desired result. One will "miss the mark". Therefore, it comes up anytime I have a deep desire, a goal and/or intention to be fulfilled.
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posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 04:18 AM
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It can depend on culture too.

I noticed in America it's good to be really confident and say you are the best and a winner etc and be quite vocal when you celebrate your win. "Whooo yeahhhh whoooo!!"

If you go on a talent show for example in Britain people warm to you better if you underplay how good you are and tend to instantly dislike people who are vocal about how great they are and that they are going to win.

They like humble winners.



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 04:33 AM
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Confidence is a full head of hair.
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posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 04:39 AM
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Confidence is fearlessness.
Very young children are fearless - so children are the most successful. Maybe that is why it is said that one must become as a child to enter the kingdom.
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posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 04:47 AM
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a reply to: Profusion To 1 confidence and ego parallel each other when trying to balance the Soul-Spirit-Internal ENERGY.
If too egotistical balance lost as many around you sense it and begin to reject you.
But if not enough confidence or belief in yourself many around you detect a weakness potential and so too assemble to reject you in mass...
So basically from what 1 has learned, you must be confident in yourself and what you believe makes you. But not become so overconfident that it's unappealing to your peers, further causing them to reject you...



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 12:11 PM
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IMO,
The greatest form of confidence can be achieved by realizing the ultimate futility of all combined human endeavors.
Only freedom equals success.



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 04:42 PM
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Confidence is only a by-product of a strong will . A strong Will is what changes the laws of probability. He/She who has a stong will has confidence and confidence is only the consequence of observing your success in shaping your environment.

I am over-confident and this seems to create a protective layer around me.



posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 06:18 PM
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Think of confidence as a vibration, not thought pattern. Not one confident person goes around reminding them self to be confident. Its felt. Its a vibration easily achieved with breath and body work. raise your vibration, you feel it as empowerment, its expressed as organic-magnetism, and watch how everything is drawn to you.
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posted on Aug, 31 2016 @ 10:02 PM
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My friends and I would play a board game "Axis and Allies", which called for rolling handfuls of dice, ideally with 1 & 2s scoring hits.

My buddy Wayne, a practiced gamber would be seriously annoyed when I'd roll 15 dice and say 9 or 10 came up 1 & 2.

He'd yell "it's just not possible!" as I plucked his pieces from the board.

I went in to win, not to "play". There is a difference, and it matters.



posted on Sep, 2 2016 @ 03:49 PM
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originally posted by: FlyingFox
My friends and I would play a board game "Axis and Allies", which called for rolling handfuls of dice, ideally with 1 & 2s scoring hits.

My buddy Wayne, a practiced gamber would be seriously annoyed when I'd roll 15 dice and say 9 or 10 came up 1 & 2.

He'd yell "it's just not possible!" as I plucked his pieces from the board.

I went in to win, not to "play". There is a difference, and it matters.


I quite agree. The laws of probability stand little chance against a strong will.

In fact , probability is to me the law of "non-interference".

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posted on Sep, 2 2016 @ 07:09 PM
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It good to be confident but being too over confident, can make you lose sight at what's going on around you.

Theres times where you gotta be still, bluff, make a move, or juse dodge.



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