My self-confidence started to grow once I was abroad, performing. Suddenly people looked up to me. When I stopped working as entertainer, I still tried to match to the expectations of the people I looked up to.
Moved again and here bit by bit I grew my self-confidence and stated my own thoughts.
So many people are afraid of putting their own thoughts forwards. Who is wrong and who's right? We do not need to be afraid of stating our own opinions. Opinions will always differ; this is what makes us unique.
Your taste of movies, games, views on life... all that is what makes you YOU.
If people don't agree, they will put their views forward... this doesn’t mean you can’t have an understanding. Quite contrary, how many times do people say:
"We agree to disagree"
This does not take away the respect two people can have for each other. More often than not, people respect you for your opinion, your way of life. Whereas people who do not understand why you do not want to think the way they do, disrespect you.
So I ask you: what's more important: earning respect for who you are or becoming what others want you to become?
At work it's so important to put your opinion forward, this helps to improve your work, innovates the business. Without different opinions, everything will stagnate. Business people will either accept your opinion or won't. The main thing is you have your argument to defend your opinion. An opinion without argument is pointless.
So stand by your OWN opinion, it's what helps define who you are.