Confidence and Future Business Leaders

Topics: University of Pennsylvania, Confidence, Positive psychology Pages: 3 (777 words) Published: April 24, 2013
A chilling 30-degrees, my hands inside my overcoat pocket trying to save them from freezing, and I just stood in the middle of a busy intersection in the heart of Philadelphia fascinated by a black 20 by 10 chalkboard with 6 words painted on top, "I can change the world by.." that was mounted  in front of University of Pennsylvania's gates... Anyone walking up and down Locust Walk could write down with a piece of chalk what they wanted to do to help or change the world.

Future Business Leaders of America promotes several goals to its members, but one stands out to me as its main purpose: Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work. As a society, we should figure out where individuals lose confidence. We should then discover how individuals are negatively impacted and finally prevent them from losing confidence. Hopefully we can realize something significant and inspire the youth of tomorrow.

You and I, we're at a point in life where a combination of school, work, and our private lives all come together to provide a handful of stress. In those moments, we begin to lose hope in ourselves. From failing on a Pre-Cal test, to not having a prom date. From not having enough time to spend with your friends to not placing in a competition you worked so hard on. All, in the bigger picture, petty things, but in that moment, they carry enough leverage to pull us down. 

Those experiences make us reevaluate our potential. What we can do... And what we can't. They make us weak. We automatically deem ourselves to not be smart, attractive, and rich enough. Not enough for the world. Edmund Burke once said, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing,” and that's exactly what we're letting happen. We decide to leave crucial change up to others, which is detrimental to our society and its progression. We let the world plunder when it needs us the most.

So what can we do? I believe that today we're infatuated by the...
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