The School of Life On Confidence
by The School of Life
Narrated by Alain de Botton
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 30 Jul 2020 | Archive Date 13 Jan 2021
Publisher Spotlight Audio, The School of Life
A thought-provoking essay that shows us that confidence is not a gift from the gods, but a skill that can be learned.
We spend vast amounts of time acquiring confidence in narrow technical fields: quadratic equations or bioengineering; economics or pole vaulting. But we overlook the primordial need to acquire a more free-ranging variety of confidence—one that can serve us across a range of tasks: speaking to strangers at parties, asking someone to marry us, suggesting a fellow passenger turn down their music, changing the world.
This is a guidebook to confidence, why we lack it, and how we can acquire more of it in our lives.
On Confidence walks us gently and wryly around the key issues that stop us from making more of our potential.
Average rating from 18 members
I've enjoyed the author/narrator's TED talks, but am not too familiar with his work otherwise. I'm also not a big audiobook person yet, so I thought this would be a nice way to expand horizons in a few ways. This book is relatively short: it is an "essay" on confidence, both the history and preconceived notions we may harbor about it. It was inspiring and will require each person to do further reflection. I was a bit sad when it was over. Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for a digital ARC for the purpose of an unbiased review.
A short, inspirational Audiobook serving as a lovely pep talk and a reminder that we can all have confidence in ourselves. Loved the narrator too.