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Although society places a great deal of importance on being confident, there are no genuine benefits except feeling good. In fact, lower confidence is key to gaining competence, which is the only effective strategy for gaining genuine confidence—confidence that is warranted by one’s actual competence.

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, author of Confidence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Self-Doubt, on why insecurity may be the key to success.