confidence

by Marylou Lenhart

Introductions...


So, confidence...

defining Confidence[1]:
The state of feeling certain about the truth of something.

CONFIDENCE is TRUTH

Failure

==

BAD


:C

INSECURITY

Imposter Syndrome [2]

"Fear is the path to the dark side."

STEREOTYPES

SO WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT?

CONFIDENCE

LEARN HOW TO FAIL

FAILURE => KNOWLEDGE => SUCCESS

Failure != Bad

:D

See failure as a learning tool. We’re deathly afraid of failing, because we see this as a statement that we suck. But it’s not. [...] Failure is a necessary step in learning — if you can already do something perfectly, you’re not learning anything. You have to fail, re-iterate the process in a new way, and then succeed. [...] Failure is an opportunity.


~zenhabits.net[4]


Why do we fall down, sir?
So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.

TURNING INSECURITY INTO CONFIDENCE

Assume nobody else has any idea what they're doing either. A lot of people refuse to try something because they feel they don't know enough about it or they assume other people must have already tried everything they could have thought of. Well, few people really have any idea how to do things right and even fewer are willing to try new things, so usually if you give your best shot at something you'll do pretty well.


~ the late Aaron Swartz[5]

  • Remind yourself of the truth: YOU CAN DO THIS!
  • Identify what's really stopping you: GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY!

INEQUALITY BAD

ACTION GOOD

Keep trying and Stay Positive!

FACTS:

  • Women are just as capable as men.
  • We've got to fight for our right to party(!) so that we can help others who are even more in need than us.
  • "If they're shooting at you, it means you're doing something right." - West Wing

what's the worst that can happen?

(YOU LEARN!)

Stay Involved!

Learn:
Anita Borg's list of Famous Women in Computer Science Geek Feminism Wiki
Reducing Stereotype Threat
Interact:
Girl Develop It
DevChix
Both:
National Center for Women & Information Technology
Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

references

  1. Google
  2. Wikipedia: Imposter Syndrome
  3. [photo]: The Sociological Cinema on Pinterest
  4. Zen Habits
  5. Aaron Swartz: How to Get a Job Like Mine