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What Major Change in Your Life Led You to Have Greater Self-Belief?

I had always been scared of living alone. I could not stand the quiet, nor the idea of being all by myself in a room or apartment, even eating out on my own was scary. Growing up, I always had my siblings and shared a room with them, and even when I finally started working, I still shared an apartment with my cousin until she moved to another city.

As I was bent on finding company, my cousin kidded that I should just keep the apartment all to myself and be on my own. “Why don’t you try it? You are not scared, are you?” To me, this came both as a challenge and as a joke, knowing very well I had not tried it before.

After much thought and financial considerations, I did as she said and that started the unending lessons in life. From getting things in order, to learning how to cook, to having independence and total freedom with decorations and arrangements. Later I found that with quiet surroundings and with no one to talk to, I actually experienced a different kind of peace. Solitude had its benefits too!

Since then I have learned to do a lot of things without being scared, like cooking a 3-course meal for 10 people (before this my brightest culinary achievement had been French toast), sleeping in a big house, and traveling on my own.

Have you had a similar experience?

What was the major “switch” in your life that led you to have greater self-belief?

Share your experience below!

  • Unknown
    November 10, 2010 at 7:31 am

    After losing weight…

  • nayereh
    November 14, 2010 at 7:14 am


    I think the major change would be accepting for wharton Business school. Sometimes I think I cannot get what I want and it will help me to believe myself

    • Arina Nikitina
      November 15, 2010 at 5:37 am

      We all have occasional doubts in our abilities, but the main thing is to try anyways. 🙂 Good luck with accomplishing your goal, Nayereh.

  • Vknjeri
    November 16, 2010 at 9:37 am

    The first thing that comes into my mind, is actually when I got my passport. During my days in Kenya, it was said that getting a passport would take months or years if one did not have what we call, “toa kitu kidogo” (bribe). I decided to get one, not with any particular intention of travelling. Fortunately with some sweat for my rights, it took less than three weeks. And guess what? I never paid a single cent extra. So even today, I maybe stuck, but I know I will get there;

  • Maryam
    November 17, 2010 at 4:55 am

    starting university which led me to go everywhere alone and return home late and of course get up very early 🙂

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