Awareness of your capabilities leads to self-efficacy

A note to my future self…

Awareness of your capabilities leads to self-efficacy

This week I finished reading Quirky and there are a couple of key takeaways that I want to unpack from it. In this post I want to talk about the relationship that exists between awareness of your capabilities and self-efficacy. I define self-efficacy as an individual’s level of task-specific confidence. Based on this definition it may seem redundant to say that being aware of your capability to perform a specific task increases your confidence in doing that task. However, I think this is not always the case and in many instances I feel that we could be a lot more confident in ourselves if only we thought more about those times in which we were successful and anchor our confidence to that.

After reading about all the innovators in the book I realized that this self-awareness of your ability was particularly useful when things got really grim for these innovators. For them having the ability to tap into that inner confidence when others didn’t believe in them allowed them push forward.

Combine this idea with Jobs idea that:

“Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use”

and it suddenly becomes a powerful tool for hard times. When you face that inner voice that tells you that you can’t do something remind it surely thousands if not millions of people have solved the same problem that you’re facing so why should you be any different(:

Now back to work..