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The Confidence Myth by Helene Lerner

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4Create Power Parameters

MYTH

If I don’t do it, no one else will.

TRUTH

If I say no, others will pick up the slack, and that will be just fine.

In January 2014 I was a guest expert on CNN International’s World One with former host Zain Verjee. We were joking around and I asked her what she thought the most important two-letter word for women was. Zain came up with a great answer: Me! But that wasn’t what I had in mind. The two-letter word I was thinking of was No.1

Let’s face it. We are all spread too thin. With our jobs, social obligations, home lives, child care, elder care, and community responsibilities—whatever your personal combination is—most of the time we are stretched, perhaps to the limit.

We diminish our power when we are in such ...

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