What's Stopping You Being More Confident? Paperback – 14 Dec 2012
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Kelsey has produced a thoughtful and easily accessible book. While it will be of interest to a broad audience, its focus on preventing hubris and achieving potential should resonate with managers (Irish Times, 21st January 2013)
..an excellent book to study, to make your companion and to help you discover what s holding you back and what you could do to improve your situation.′ (parentswithouttears.com, January 2013)
another helpful practical guide for those clear minds who already know what s missing–confidence all the good decisions and ideas must have a strong base to carry them out; that s what confidence and this book can bring. (Start Your Business, January 2013)
admirably broad minded, covering everything from depression to procrastination and calling in almost every philosopher on the market for nuggets of wisdom. (People Management, February 2013)
practical, helpful advice (The Sun, 8th February 2013)
All good decisions and ideas must have a strong base to carry them out, that s what confidence and this book can bring. (Start Your Business, February 2013)
The book has range, depth, integrity and whilst it doesn t threaten you with quizzes or exercises, the congruence of all theories he draws on and the consistency of the message make it worthy of your time. (HR Zone, June, 2013)
From the Back Cover
Do you lack confidence or self belief?
Join the club. Millions of otherwise smart people lack the confidence to achieve their full potential at work, in their careers and even in their personal pursuits. Yet confidence isn t something that can be conjured from motivational exercises or via quick–fix techniques.
Confidence is something you must build for yourself. It takes planning and action, deciding where you want to gain confidence and how it must be won. It will require courage, optimism and resilience.
In this follow–up to his international bestseller What s Stopping You? Robert Kelsey offers a deep understanding of confidence, suing extensive research analysis, as well his own experiences, to help you to:
- Identify the truth about confidence its root causes, as well as the damaging self beliefs that generate poor confidence
- Accept who you are, while planning your path towards confidence through achievement
- Understanding the myths around confidence, such as the need to be outgoing or to have talent
- Overcome the most common barrier to strong confidence: other people
- Deal with other barriers to confidence such as shyness, anxiety, stress, prefudice and even hubris
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Top Customer Reviews
There's lots of practical personal identity work on offer throughout the book's guides and mantras - all the more helpful for the fact that the author himself has been through it (and is still working on it, as is every human being!). As such, it's probably the least patronising book of this type I've ever read!
From work to dating, it's an excellent mine of advice - thoroughly recommended.
What's different about it?
Kelsey uses his own continuing battle with under-confidence as the core narrative, sharing stories and anecdotes that make it obvious that he really does 'get it'. He absolutely knows how it feels.
It's this honesty and transparency about the often irrational feelings under-confidence can conjure that makes the book feel so authentic. It also has none of the thinly-veiled smugness of some self-help books I could mention.
On a practical level, the chapters are short and concise with handy boxed summaries at the end for quick recaps. It's well-researched and referenced and as I'm finding, the tools and techniques to help build lasting confidence are really effective.
In summary, I loved it. It's really helped me and I'd give it six stars if I could.
As others have mentioned it is exceedingly well researched, and importantly, he always endeavours to provide well-balanced views, offering his own opinions in a neutral way. For instance regarding Maslow. I have also been rather uneasy about the self actualisation aspect of his hierarchy, which I feel is a rather nonsensical idea, an impossible place to be. The author provides his own views on this very succinctly and presents his views in a clear way.
All the chapters are meaty, and little can be skimmed. Truly a book that needs to be re-read, as there is much to assimilate. Intelligently well balanced in terms of presenting conflicting theories and psychological approaches, with cogent and coherent criticisms.
Presenting the notion that we have to accept our personal histories rather than the futile task of curing it is very refreshing to me. To start from an initial acceptance is also reassuring for me. A certain mind set is needed.
I'm left with the simple idea that the desire for growth is really just appreciating we are mortal, so make the most of it - always be prepared to learn and be open. The idea of a journey towards confidence, rather than a destination is a reassuring and realistic one. This book is like a toolbox with nearly everything you might need as a resource for study on its own, or for suggesting ideas for other personal research.
Well laid out with short punchy chapters complete with a summary box at the end of each. A refreshingly honest and practical book that keeps to the point and doesn't ramble off into incoherent psychobabble, this is a follow-up to Kelsey's other work What's Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don't Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can which is also an excellent and readable text. I work in mental health and would thoroughly recommend this book and if you've not read 'What's stopping you' I'd recommend that as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of interesting content in here. It is much better than your average self-help book. It is well researched and the writing has an engaging style.Published 21 months ago by Alex Quigley
Interesting read, however the constant references to see Chapter? is off putting as I want to move immediately to see the subject.Probably will be more cohesive in the second read.Published on 31 Dec. 2013 by George
I found this book extremely helpful, the author immediately makes clear that this isn't a lecture, this is his experiences on what has worked he's sharing with you. Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2013 by Dinah85
What's stopping you from being more confident
Reading too many self-help books? This wasn't too bad as far as self-help books go. Read more
This a very thorough self help book about our confidence. I hadn't expected it to contain as much research as it did and I was also impressed with the personal experiences... Read morePublished on 23 July 2013 by SJSmith
Having already read Kelsy's earlier work, `What's Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don't Always Reach Their Potential', Jul 12, I knew what to expect and I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished on 22 July 2013 by Pompom
The author presents a reassurance that he too was lacking in confidence and therefore knows what he is talking about. Read morePublished on 21 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
I can only say it's OK but I didn't find it helpful. I have no further opinions about this bookPublished on 4 July 2013 by Rah-Rah
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