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“You have a lot of knowledge and expertise, but if you continually doubt the strength of your opinions and views, or the importance of sharing your ideas, you are going to lose the ability to shape where your career (and life) is going.” Kathy Caprino 

Confidence is key as you step into being the most powerful and impactful (and happiest) version of you. This topic is something I feel compelled to talk about ​given my particular lens as a former corporate VP, then a marriage and family therapist (focused on systems and communication), a researcher, and in coaching and training thousands of executives and professionals across 6 continents these past 16 years.

I know too – from working with teams and leaders at organizations both large and small, including startups that are experiencing exponential growth – that many managers and even seasoned leaders fear they simply don’t know enough to do their jobs well, Many suffer from imposter syndrome. In short, confidence is a problem that impedes thousands of people’s success and fulfillment in life and work.

Tune into today’s show as I explore the 5 ways that your lack of confidence is hurting you, and what you can do specifically to overcome this challenge and build your confidence and self-trust now so that it doesn’t impact your success and professional fulfillment in the future.

In this episode, I reference my recent Forbes blog post, 5 Ways Your Lack Of Confidence Is Apparent And Hurting You, which I recommend reading. If you find the information helpful in identifying and overcoming a lack of confidence in yourself, please feel free to share the piece and this episode with your teams, organizations and colleagues who might benefit as well.


Highlights from this Episode:

  • How questioning your own ideas is holding you back right now in so many different ways [6:50]
  • The importance of understanding and “reading” the environment and ecosystem you are in, before sharing your ideas, and an example from my own career that highlights this [8:56]
  • How the 7 damaging power gaps impact your confidence, courage to grow and your self-respect and self-acceptance today [13:21]
  • What agonizing over your performance and how others think of you will interfere with what you need to do to experience more success and reward [14:27]
  • Some places where you can get outside help if you’re feeling as if you’re “blowing it” in the workplace, and how this will help you move forward in your career [17:03]
  • What to do the next time you find yourself being hypercritical of someone, and what I’ve seen from my experience as a therapist that explains why this is happening [18:31]
  • An example from my own life as a parent when I truly learned that it’s not possible to be perfect, and nor should we strive to be [21:21]
  • Where jealousy and the feeling of being threatened by others’ success often stems from, and how to begin leaving these emotions behind so that you can move forward more joyfully  [25:10]
  • Action steps to take to help you determine what you are good at and how that matters [30:25]
  • What unshakable success requires and why so many of us don’t have it [34:50]


For More Information: 

My Forbes Post, 5 Ways Your Lack Of Confidence Is Apparent And Hurting You 


Resources Mentioned:

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Kathy’s 6-Session Career Breakthrough Coaching Program & Career Path Self-Assessment

Kathy’s TEDx Talk, Time To Brave Up 

Kathy’s Career Path Self-Assessment survey

Other helpful personality and behavioral assessments, Career Help Programs, and Kathy’s Power Gap Survey

Kathy’s Forbes Interview with Bestselling Author Gretchen Rubin, How Bestselling Author Gretchen Rubin Uncovers Life-Changing Behaviors And Touches Millions

Kathy’s Forbes Posts, Developing a Confidence Mind: Key Strategies for Experiencing Unshakable Success & 7 Signs Of Perfectionistic Overfunctioning – How To Recognize It In Yourself And Change It

Finding Brave interviews with Dr. Zinsser (Parts 1 and 2)

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Join me in my Fall 2023 Career & Leadership Growth Courses – Choose the One That Suits You Best (or take BOTH) and Move Forward Fast!

This Fall I am happy to be offering BOTH of my top-rated courses – starting the week of September 25th, 2023. Enroll in the one that fits your needs and budget best (or join me in both) and positively transform your work and career (and your life) in the most direct and effective way possible. 

Check out the two courses below and register now as an early bird (with great savings and bonuses) for the one that is most compelling to you, and achieve the success, reward and impact you long for, in work you love and are proud of.

This is information all professionals need to understand if they want to reach their highest, most fulfilling potential and visions.

Course 1: The Most Powerful You – Close Your Power and Confidence Gaps and Rise – 8 weeks, meets every Wednesday from Noon to 1:15 pm EST

8-week online LIVE course focused on building your confidence, strength, impact and self-esteem so you can achieve what you long to
Starts Wednesday, 9/27, held via Zoom, Wednesdays  Noon to 1:15 pm EST

Empower your journey towards personal and professional success with “The Most Powerful You” 8-week course, a transformative learning experience from Kathy Caprino. Drawing on her coaching and training of thousands of professionals worldwide, her qualitative and quantitative research, and from her acclaimed book The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths to Career Bliss, including interviews with over 50 of the top experts in fields essential to our success, Kathy offers a comprehensive program designed for women who are ready to claim their true power and impact, and build their confidence and self-esteem in the process.

Through insightful lessons and practical exercises, you’ll shatter limiting beliefs, build more resilience and strength, and cultivate vital communication and interpersonal skills, networking ability, learn how to challenge mistreatment, build negotiation strength, and more! The ultimate result? You’ll take new steps to leverage all that you are to do work you love and find meaning and joy all along the way.

With Kathy’s guidance, learn how to address and overcome once and for all the seven most damaging power and confidence gaps that hinder our progress. Join Kathy and a supportive community of like-minded women and access proven strategies to elevate your career and life. This course is for you if you’re ready to embrace your authentic self and embark on the path to becoming “The Most Powerful You” today.


Course 2: The Amazing Career Project – 16 weeks, meeting every Thursday, Noon to 1:15 pm EST

16-week online LIVE course focused on helping you improve, pivot or change your career in the best way, without costly mistakes
(Starts Thursday, 9/28, held via Zoom, Thursdays Noon – 1:15 pm EST)


Discover your path to a more fulfilling and rewarding career with The Amazing Career Project course. Embark on a transformative journey of the 16 most essential steps to building an amazing career that blends personal reflection, actionable strategies, powerful teaching, and group/community support to revitalize your professional life.

You’ll learn how to evaluate what has to change in your career to find more happiness and reward. And you’ll uncover your unique strengths, conquer self-doubt, and align with your true passions. Gain exclusive access to Kathy’s proven techniques for navigating career challenges, and take these five essential steps to advancing in your role or career, achieving more success, or transitioning successfully to a new exciting direction.

The Amazing Career Project is for you if you want to ignite confidence, reconnect to your purpose, and take steps to build the career you’ve always envisioned. Enroll now and unlock a brighter professional future.


OR TAKE BOTH and SAVE 50% on the 2nd course!


Thank you so much and can’t wait to support you starting the week of September 25th!

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In Australia and New Zealand, click here to order, elsewhere outside North America, click here, and in the UK, click here.

If you enjoy the book, we’d so appreciate your giving the book a positive rating and review on Amazon! And check out Kathy’s digital companion course The Most Powerful You, to help you close the 7 most damaging power gaps in the most effective way possible. 

Kathy’s Power Gaps Survey, Support To Build Your LinkedIn Profile To Great Success & Other Free Resources

Kathy’s Amazing Career Project video training course & 6 Dominant Action Styles Quiz


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“Your lack of confidence is most likely apparent to those around you, and it is hurting you. It is keeping you from growing.” [6:51]


“Greater awareness equals greater choice, and it is really important to get to the bottom of what you need to be aware of now.” [18:23]

“Kind, loving, and generous people are usually the same way to themselves. They’re accepting and they’re forgiving of themselves.” [18:58] 

“What consistently repeats is not random. We co-create, we co-sustain, and we attract behavior.” [20:05] 

“Do something empowering when you feel jealous of others. Look at what it really means, and then do something concrete.” [30:17]

“If you don’t recognize what you are good at, then you can’t talk about what you are good at. If you can’t talk about it and share it and put it on LinkedIn, put it on your resume, discuss it in your interviews and talk to your boss about it, you are leaving so much success, money, reward and advancement on the table.” [31:01]

“It’s not bragging to talk about what you’re good at and the outcomes that you’ve created.” [32:20]


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