Ayn Rand and Confidence

Ayn Rand was a novelist and known for her novels and ideas around relationships, confidence and self esteem. She was born is Russia but emigrated later to America. She was also a screen writer and playwright. However she was best known for her novels like Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and also for her philosophy known as objectivism. Both these novels sell even today in big quanitites around the world and attract the interest of many new readers every year. They are also recommended reading texts for students of english literature courses in many Universities globally.

According to Ayn Rand, courage and confidence are practical necessities-courage is the practical form of being true to existence, of being true to truth, and confidence is the practical form of being true to one’s own consciousness.

Further, she says that the man of authentic self-confidence is the man who relies on the judgment of his own mind. Such a man is not malleable; he may be mistaken, he may be fooled in a given instance, but he is inflexible in regard to the absolutism of reality, i.e., in seeking and demanding truth. Confidence is actually the practical form of being true to one’s own consciousness. Such a man has absolute confidence in his beliefs and principles and prefers to live by them and would never compromise.

Also, self-esteem is a man’s certainty in his belief that his mind is competent to think and his person is worthy of happiness, which means: is worthy of living.

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