Besides making real decisions, a man has to be confident in the way he speaks and acts â€“ he owns his attitude.
He often knows that failure is a possible outcome in his life, thatâ€™s why a (real) man does not adopt a confident attitude because he knows heâ€™ll succeed. When the odds of success are clearly against him, he still displays confidence. Itâ€™s not because heâ€™s uninformed or suffering from denial. Itâ€™s because heâ€™s proving to himself that he has the strength and the ability to rise above his self-doubt. This builds his courage and persistence, two of his most valuable allies.
A man is willing to be defeated by the world. Heâ€™s willing to be taken down by circumstances beyond his control. But he refuses to be overwhelmed by his own self-doubt. He knows that when he stops trusting and believing in himself, he is surely lost. Heâ€™ll surrender to fate when necessary, but he wonâ€™t surrender to fear â€“ which he knows keeps him on the alert.