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Throughout life, you will come across people who are confident and those who are not. Some people think that confidence is something that you are born with, and although you can practice or train yourself to come across more confident it will never be natural, whereas others believe we are all born the same and confidence is achieved through our education and environment.

Even though there may be some truth in people being born with a certain amount of natural confidence, there can really be little doubt that a person’s life experiences have a dramatic effect on their level of confidence. That being said, what is it that makes someone confident?



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  • confident (adjective)
  • confidence (noun)
  • come across (phrasal verb)
  • experience (noun)
  • childhood (noun)
  • affect (verb)

The Question

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What makes someone confident?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Self-Confidence
  • Can you think of anyone who you would describe as very confident?
  • Can you think of anyone you would describe as not confident?
  • Do you think you are confident?
  • What factors in a person’s life can influence how confident they are?
  • How much do you think your childhood affects your level of confidence?

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