Improving self confidence

by Stephen on June 19, 2012 · 29 comments

in Awakening

Are you the type of person who easily get influenced by negative advices? Follow this short self confidence lesson…

When Henry Ward Beecher was a young boy in school, he learned a lesson in self confidence which he never forgot.

He was called upon to recite in front of the class. He had hardly begun when the teacher interrupted with an emphatic, “No!” He started over and again the teacher thundered, “No!” Humiliated, Henry sat down.

The next boy rose to recite and had just begun when the teacher shouted, “No!” This student, however, kept on with the recitation until he completed it. As he sat down, the teacher replied, “Very good!”

Henry was irritated. “I recited just as he did,” he complained to the teacher.

But the instructor replied, “It is not enough to know your lesson, you must be sure. When you allowed me to stop you, it meant that you were uncertain. If the world says, ‘No!’ it is your business to say, ‘Yes!’ and prove it.

Henry Ward Beecher, a prominent congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker in the mid to late 19th century.

The world will say, ‘No!’ in a thousand ways.

‘No! You can’t do that.’
‘No! You are wrong.’
‘No! You are too old.’
‘No! You are too young.’
‘No! You are too weak.’
‘No! It will never work.’
‘No! You don’t have the education.’
‘No! You don’t have the background.’
‘No! You don’t have the money.’
‘No! It can’t be done.’

And each ‘No!’ you hear has the potential to erode your confidence bit by bit until you quit all together.

Though the world says, ‘No!’ to you today, you should be determined to say, ‘Yes!’ and prove it! ”

Author: Steve Goodier

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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amanda Ollier June 21, 2012 at 2:58 am

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2 Tijo Mathew June 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm


3 Karthik June 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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4 DEEPAK SHARMA June 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm

These stories are helpful to raise the confidence level of every individual and develop their way of thinking.

5 Sithikraja June 26, 2012 at 7:21 am

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6 Pike June 29, 2012 at 10:18 pm

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7 SAMANTHA July 5, 2012 at 6:05 am

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8 Emran July 7, 2012 at 1:36 am

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9 Laban kipkoech July 13, 2012 at 1:09 am

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10 Mike Jackson October 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm

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11 Zsmantsha January 25, 2013 at 3:29 am

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12 Ravy March 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

Awesome….reading this story my confidence has been raised.

13 Vishal March 28, 2013 at 4:16 pm


14 Karthik March 30, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Nice one:-)..

15 Joy April 17, 2013 at 4:10 am

It has been a struggle for me especailly when it comes to self confidence. It always eroded so fast. Big ups to u guys 4 da step u’ve taken me..!

16 Abhishek Saxena April 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Always remember that u r not a loser until u give up….don’t care about others…..

17 Loki May 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Confidence should be just like ur shadow because you can’t stop it coming with you… good source to build confidence…

18 Lochan June 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm

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19 Adi July 2, 2013 at 9:01 am

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22 Hassan October 21, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Thank you so much. I have read all the stories. These are great. Love this blog.

23 Oscar williams October 28, 2013 at 1:42 pm

While reading this article everyone can able to build a confidence.

24 Patricio January 8, 2015 at 2:29 am

Great lesson, great we become!!!! Thanks

25 Padma February 26, 2015 at 1:55 am

Nice story for those who always think negative…..

26 Anup March 12, 2015 at 1:05 pm

It was so nice help us to get more and more God blesss u

27 Shubh August 23, 2015 at 11:58 pm

A life basic… Important enough to be taught to young ones in Schools.

28 Srish September 20, 2015 at 4:04 am

Thank you for such an inspirational story!!

29 Abraham April 28, 2017 at 9:04 am

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