The “H Factor” is Critical to Your Success

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You’re often asked for your opinion on matters within and outside your core competence. It’s tempting to respond with confidence and authority.

But doing so reflects an absence of what I call the “H factor.”

Misplaced emphasis on confidence

There’s a wealth of information about the importance of answering questions with confidence. The underlying assumption is that being supremely confident enhances your credibility. Some believe self-confidence will make you “unstoppable.”

There’s an appropriate role for self-confidence. You need to be confident in your ability for others to appreciate the value you provide. There’s evidence having general self-confidence enhances academic achievement. Others believe an appropriate level of self-confidence is “linked to almost every element involved in a happy and fulfilling life.”

It’s important to strike a balance between the right level of self-confidence and the “H factor”: humility.