How to Be More Confident: The Futur's Finds

Breaking out of our shells.

While we were gearing up for the holiday weekend here in the states, we were in search of confidence-boosting finds. We often talk about the importance of a confident mindset, and feel like everyone could use a boost of it now and then. So, this week, we hope you find something that encourages you to be confident in all aspects of life.

Our last list consisted of tips and resources to live sustainably at home, at work, and in our communities. Missed that one? Click here to catch up on last week's list.

Let's find some new ways to feel confident in everything we do:

Practice your lettering skills on WTF Should I Letter?

This week's assignment

Want to level up your lettering skills? Check out WTF Should I Letter? - the design prompt generator that'll encourage you to tap into your creativity and add some flair (and maybe even a little bit of attitude).


Book of the week

The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré - This is the unforgettable, inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so she can find her “louding voice” and speak up for herself. This novel explores what's possible when we cut through the noise, stick to our guns, and make sure our dreams come true.

Improve Your Self-Confidence with this article from the NY Times.

Articles worth the read

  • What is confidence? And how can we break out of our shells to practice self-confidence more frequently? This article from the New York Times explores the meaning of confidence, and practical ways to improve it for ourselves.
  • What can confidence do for us in the long run? Well, according to Bill Gates, being confident is just one of the key ingredients to success. Find out more here.


Go off-screen

Ever heard of power posing? It's a simple exercise you can do to quickly boost your mood and feel more confident. Power posing can do wonders before big meetings, interviews, or even first dates. Check out this article for more on power posing.

Watch The King's Speech (2010) on YouTube.

What to watch

  • King George VI needed to lead the nation of Great Britain through the impending threat of war. But there was just one problem: his stutter got in the way. The King's Speech (2010) is the 4-time Oscar-winning story of how King George VI found his voice.
  • Eighth grade, for many of us, was the worst. Embarrassing, awkward, and hard to believe we made it out alive. But Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade (2018) will take you back to being 13—naive in the best way.
  • For a feel-good, inspiring story of reinvention and finding confidence, you can't miss Netflix's hit reality series Queer Eye. Follow the Fab Five as they give life-changing makeovers.


Listen while you work

Podcasts

  • Change is hard. Transitions can be tough. But they're also opportunities to discover and reimagine what you thought you knew. If you're feeling reluctant to go through a major change in your life, listen to this episode from TED Radio Hour on Reinvention.
  • What does it mean to "have it all"? Jenna Kutcher and Ally Love explore the benefits of building a community, tapping deep into your interests, changing perspectives, and pushing limits in this episode of the Goal Digger podcast.


Music


And finally, a quote to keep in mind throughout the week

“Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.” — Stan Smith