Have the Confidence of a Mediocre White Man

I'm not sure if you've ever heard the phrase, “have the confidence of a mediocre white man.” I certainly have, and it's especially relevant in the context of dealing with imposter syndrome, trying to overcome insecurities and a lack of confidence. It's even more applicable when you think about women and their careers.

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The Confidence Of A Mediocre White Man

I want to be clear that this phrase is not meant to be racist or demeaning. This phrase encompasses a certain persona of white male America that we all have seen and interacted with professionally. In our interactions, I'm sure many of us have been confused and mind-boggled by the confidence we see in some people. That's what we're here to discuss.

So what exactly is this phrase really saying?

You Don't Need To Be Perfect

Confidence Is Independent Of Skill

You Have To Believe In Yourself

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This may sound like bogus nonsense for anyone reading this who's ambitious, hardworking, and driven. But it's actually all true. You can set high goals for yourself and aspire to be like the high-achieving person you admire. That's all fine. The idea here, though, is to realize that you don't need to beat the best person in the room to be confident, have clout or achieve success.


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