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Reader’s comment: Confidence must be earned

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In response to Laura Perrins: Balding the business busybody, Royinsouthwest wrote:

Penny Mordaunt referred to ‘a generation of men that elevated confidence to entitlement’. Some men are naturally confident, others are not. David Lloyd George was one of the greatest British political leaders of the 20th century. Early in his career he found public speaking terrifying but just got on with it, conquered his nerves, and became a great orator.

Women like Balding and Mordaunt seem to think that if women lack confidence someone else is to blame. Confidence comes with work and with mastering what you want to do. That applies to women as well as men. How much confidence would Serena Williams have on a tennis court if she had not spent countless hours practising early on in her career?

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