Have the Confidence of a Mediocre White Man

I want to be clear that this phrase is not meant to be racist or demeaning. This phrase encompasses a certain persona of white male America that we all have seen and interacted with professionally. In our interactions, I'm sure many of us have been confused and mind-boggled by the confidence we see in some people. That's what we're here to discuss.

Women are often held to a higher standard to produce, excel, and climb the career ladder. But deep down, I think we all know perfection is not necessary. We see this all of the time across every industry. Of course, this doesn't mean that you drop all of your efforts. Instead, shift your focus from perfection to tasks that actually do help you progress.

1 – You Don't Need To Be Perfect

Women often don't feel confident unless they're perfect (as mentioned above) or have a specific skill set that they've determined they need to boost confidence. But a mediocre white dude is average. He doesn't have special skills and may not even have the ambition around it.

2 – Confidence Is Independent Of Skill

The average Joe is confident because he believes he's awesome. Of course, his white male identity has likely been propped up by society telling him he's awesome and deserving of everything he has. On the flip side, you've been told you have to work hard and harder to earn what you get.

3 – You Have To Believe In Yourself

Race really doesn't matter. You don't have to be white to have confidence, ambition, or skill. Most white men are confident because that's how they are raised, but a confident person of color (no matter their gender) can surpass that white man with minimal effort.

4 – Race Doesn't Actually Matter

You really can't. We've all heard, “what people think of you is none of your business.” Just think of that phrase when you find yourself getting bogged down by others' opinions.

5 – You Can't Care What People Think

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