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Monocycle: Episode 8, Confidence

Welcome back to Monocycle after a week-long break, inaugurating this episode as the first of the new year. This week, we’re talking about confidence — that elusive quality that we are all taught from a young age is vital to survive and succeed, which we all grapple with at some point. How does one teach confidence anyway? Can it be learned? Do you really need it in order to survive? Can a lack of it ever actually be considered beneficial — might it push you forward?

I don’t know.

It seems to me that somewhere along the way, the definition of confidence was conflated with many other, more pointed words — like arrogance on the one hand or weakness on the other. So let’s get to the root of it, yeah?

Intro song: “The Show Must Be Go” by Kevin MacLeod, licensed under Creative Commons by Attribution 3.0 License. Logo illustration by Kelly Shami; background image photographed by Mark Pillai for Elle Italia 2013.

Monocycle is produced by Kate Barnett and edited by Nicholas Quazzy Alexander.

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Leandra M. Cohen

Leandra M. Cohen is the founder of Man Repeller.

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