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12 Inspiring Lessons in Confidence From Sheldon Cooper: Because even geniuses need a little help in the self-esteem department sometimes
Posted on Feb 27, 2015 12:35pm

1. Push yourself to do things you never thought you could

Sometimes you have to put aside your fears in order to help the ones you care about most. When Sheldon drove Penny to the hospital, he went out of his comfort zone. He doesn’t drive, and he doesn’t easily express emotions for the people in his life. But, he proved that when times get tough, you have to be confident to help the people who matter most.

2. Embrace your personal style

With fashion magazines and celebrities constantly telling you to wear the latest trends, developing your own style can seem so daunting. Ditch the drama and wear whatever you feel best represents you.

Okay, so maybe you don’t need an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to your wardrobe collection, but expressing yourself is a total confidence booster. Besides, it’s not always bad to wear your emotions on your sleeve—at least people will know what they’re getting into!

3. Don’t rely on alcohol to boost your confidence

Public speaking can be scary, but it’s certainly better than getting drunk, taking your pants off, and winding up on YouTube the next day! We all have to live through some embarrassing moments, right? What better way to learn what not to do in the future! Besides, we’re betting you’ll realize just how great you really are after all.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Whether you’re struggling with making new friends or acing your next exam, worrying can really take a toll on your self-esteem. Admitting you have a few things to work on can be hard, and asking for help can sometimes be petrifying. But trust us, if you follow Sheldon’s lead and ask for a little help, you’ll come out feeling like you can do just about anything.

5. Trust your gut

Sheldon may come across as a little egotistical at times, but that’s just because he believes in himself. Do you think he’d be as successful as he is if he was constantly doubting his work and ideas? No way.

Trust your gut and don’t waste too much energy doubting yourself, but practice a little more humility than Sheldon. You’ll have better luck making friends if you do.

6. Believe you’ve got superpowers, even if you don’t

The world needs more heroes — why not you? You’ll never be able to fly or transform into an animal, but you can still be someone’s hero. Take Sheldon for example. He’s too afraid of germs to even consider stopping a burglar from snatching Amy’s purse, but he’s inspiring in his own ways. Anyone who inspires kids to love science is a hero to us!

7. Cover all your bases

So maybe you don’t have to go as far as getting a psych evaluation to know you’re not crazy, but there’s no shame in staying on top of your physical and mental health. The key here is to take care of things before they become huge issues. Want to match your smile to your dazzling personality? Follow Sheldon’s lead and clean those teeth. Just make sure you floss behind the designated tape line — you know how Sheldon gets about his rules.

8. Be willing to put yourself out there to get ahead

If there’s one thing Sheldon Cooper doesn’t do, it’s sit on the sidelines and wait for success to magically land in his lap. Build your confidence by asserting yourself to get what you want. Just be careful to not pick up any restraining orders along the way.

9. Never apologize for what you love

Sheldon loves comic books. He sets aside time every Wednesday night to scope the newest arrivals, and he’s definitely not willing to sacrifice that time for anything else. Sure, his inflexibility and borderline obsession may annoy people sometimes, but it’s what he loves, and he’s not sorry about it.

10. Embrace your inner child

Adult life is hard, and sometimes it seems like you’ll never get through that to-do list you’ve been building for the past six months. When life gets a little too stressful, take a step back and do something your inner child would want to do. Go ahead and build that train set you’ve secretly been dreaming of constructing. That said, might we suggest you avoid blowing off your significant other’s wedding date invitation in the process — you’ll thank us later.

11. Celebrate your achievements

You’ve worked hard to get where you are, and there’s no shame in giving yourself a pat on the back for it. While you don’t have to constantly remind everyone around you that you’re #1, congratulating yourself for your accomplishments will boost your confidence and drive future success.

12. If you’ve got it, flaunt it

You don’t have to be a supermodel to feel good about your appearance. While looks aren’t everything, it’s certainly not a bad thing to celebrate your own. After all, confidence is sexy.

Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll be yelling “Bazinga” in no time!