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Guttural Confidence

There are over 550 women in my immediate network who have raised money taking their businesses to the next level. Of course, we meet and speak on many topics, the most interesting to me is the topic of SUCCESS.

This week I attended the We Own It Summit surrounded by 200 of some of my most prized friends – women who had developed high scale businesses. Again the topic of success came up. But more importantly, the CONFIDENCE to garner that Success.

Don’t you have to pause when a group of people who have raised over $5B in capital, hired thousands of employees, and covered the globe with their products transition a conversation to confidence. The authors of “The Confidence Gap”, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay after interviewing some of the most influential women in the nation were also surprised to discover the extent to which even these women suffered from self-doubt.

A study in 2011 by the Institute of Leadership and Management in the United Kingdom, surveyed British managers about how confident they feel in their professions. Half the female respondents reported self-doubt about their job performance and careers, compared with fewer than a third of male respondents.

Even Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said a year before her book, Lean In, was published: “There are still days I wake up feeling like a fraud, not sure I should be where I am.”


Confidence is more significant than competence in reaching your success.

The more self-assured you are, the more you will uplevel your success. How can you do that? By developing a Strategic Life Plan and gaining clarity on your 5 Human Equities. This process removes tendencies that crush self-doubt such as second guessing yourself, ruminating, perfectionism, and difficulty with decision-making. It gives you Guttural Confidence.

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Albert Einstein is wrong!

How many people would argue with Albert Einstein? Here is a quote a YOUniqueRx client sent recently:

“Try not to be a person of success, but a person of value.” Albert Einstein

Yes, this quote is attributed to Albert Einstein – smart guy – but if he said this, he is wrong – well, at least 50% wrong.

It is imperative for YOU to be both – be a person of value and be a person of successful. When you are a person of value; you are successful. And when you align professional and personal life with your life purpose, your success and your value become intertwined. So, the quote altered:

“Strive to be a person of success and a person of value.”
Albert Einstein and Summer Knight (BFFs)

Another way to think about this is when you are focused on your life purpose, you become recognized and easily identified. In addition, when “on purpose,” your value increases because you are more passionate, considered more an expert, and attract more of the right opportunities. So, here’s another quote:

“A person of purpose-focused success is a person of value.” Summer Knight

And I think Albert would agree!

Live YOUnique! Summer

BTW, please share some of words and phrases that inspire you. Let me know who its attributed to; especially those you developed from your own experience!