What makes people who obviously have little or nothing going for them, exhibit immense
self-confidence while people who obviously have plenty going for them, exhibit very little or no self-confidence?
People with higher intelligence are more likely to be anxious about performance, while many of lower intelligence are more likely to be confident they did well even when an outsider observer would say heck no.
Those who are more concerned about performance practice, analyze, doubt. Those with usually less talent but were told as an act of false compassion "oh yea you're great" will go up to perform absolutely certain they are great - until you see the American Idol judges say no, and it is the first time in their lives they've been told they weren't great.
People with little or nothing going for them can dream about better days and try to act on their dreams. People who are already living the dream... where do they go from there? A person I just read about fits your description perfectly. Read the bio for actor/comedian Peter Sellers in Wikipedia. Follow that one by actress Hedy Lamarr, once claimed to be the most beautiful woman in the world. She was smart, too... designed/worked on spread-frequency electronic torpedo jamming devices during WWII, but ends up broke, shop lifting, and a total failure in her last days. Whitney Houston? Michael Jackson? Kurt Cobain? Sad cases all.
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