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Live or die by the skills you practiced. That is the secret to confidence.

Coach Tony
Coach Tony
Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by the ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~ Albert Einstein
I saw that quote in a TikTok and it reminded me of work where it’s so easy to label someone as either good or bad at their job. But maybe they are in the wrong job or your expectations for what is required for the job are wrong. In any case, below are my favorite TikToks from the last week. May they lead you to think and feel differently about what is possible for yourself.
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This basketball coach is talking about the secret to confidence basically coming down to believing in the shots and skills that you have been practicing. 
Serious basketball players practice for the shots they are likely to get in a game. So when those shots become available, do they take them and take them with confidence? My friend Graham, who has worked with serious players from high school up to the NBA, says the early indicator of success is how many shots a player is willing to miss in a row. The career-scoring champion in San Francisco once missed 28 shots in a row in a game. But he always believed the next one was going in. Just commit, in other words.
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This is Reshma Saujani talking about her learned confidence. Just because someone is more famous and more successful doesn’t mean they are better or more skilled than you. Watch it, it’s good. It’s also about diversity and expectations fighting against internalized expectations. You can take it either way. 
I’ll take it in a very weird direction, though. These sorts of statements remind me of the book/movie Dune. The two strongest armies in the universe come from the two most difficult planets. It’s quite often that I find that the best business operators work in marginal businesses. They have to be good because they don’t have any margin for error.
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Don’t celebrate too early. Here’s one of those examples of someone celebrating too early and losing their race. In my online bike races, I’m constantly pushing myself to finish strong. It’s so clear that it’s a habit. 
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What credit card do you use and why? I’m on boring points cards that funnel to cash, Amazon, or my savings. But I travel enough for the Chase Sapphire Reserve. What would put me over the top is a luxury that I’d use regularly but wouldn’t normally buy for myself. For example, access to airport lounges! Here’s NerdWallet’s review of the card
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One of my advisors has a phrase, “There’s always another level.” I think this interview with Anthony Edwards demonstrates it. He trained hard enough to be a top pick in the draft, but one of the coaches evaluating him went out of his way to demonstrate that he could work even harder. 
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Here’s an example of someone doing something that seems impossible: solving three Rubik’s cubes while juggling them.
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