June 29, 2006

News & Opinion: Have confidence?

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 3:55 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

Side note: If you missed John's first two entries of the day, check them out here and here.
I think any growing organization or career-achiever will have an inherent advantage, but they did not necessarily start off with itthough they may have developed it along the way as one success leads to another. Clearly, aggressive opportunists will find an edge on the competition. And smart leaders attract smart subordinates, if only out of curiosity to see where this guy is headed. Make no small plans, advises real estate mogul Sam Zell, a billionaire who typifies the aggressive opportunist and has owned or controlled companies across a broad variety of sectors. But I would say almost all achievers have this advantage: they believe in themselves and in what theyre doing. The fact is that most people arent going to wake up some day and be the chief executive of an international company or own millions of square feet of real estate in 20 American cities. But we can all pursue our goals with confidence, and confidence is something that these people all have in abundance. You dont always need a ton of money to get things donethough usually it helpsand you dont have to have established connections or an Ivy League education or flowing locks of silver hair. But if you have the confidence in yourself and what youre doing and where youre headed, you can and will succeed. WE can all work on our confidence, so several interviews explore how that can happen.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.