The Subtle but Significant Difference Between Confidence and Determination
  • Anna Deavere Smith

    Anna Deavere Smith

    “Confidence is a static state. Determination is active. Determination allows for doubt and for humility — both of which are critical in the world today. There is so much that we don’t know, and so much that we know we don’t know. To be overly confident or without doubt seems silly to me.

    Determination, on the other hand, is a commitment to win, a commitment to fight the good fight.”

    — Anna Deavere Smith, Letters to a Young Artist

    May 1st, 2014 | journalpulp | 8 Comments | Tags: , , ,

About The Author

Ray Harvey

I was born and raised in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. I've worked as a short-order cook, construction laborer, crab fisherman, janitor, bartender, pedi-cab driver, copyeditor, and more. I've written and ghostwritten several published books and articles, but no matter where I've gone or what I've done to earn my living, there's always been literature and learning at the core of my life.

8 Responses and Counting...

  • Johi Kokjohn-Wagner 05.01.2014

    Fuck yeah.
    I needed to read this today.

  • Hi Johi!

    Thank you for dropping by. It’s always good to see you — but it’s particularly good to see you when I’m hearing you saying Fuck yeah.

  • Doc

    What is this, Ray channels Vogue?

    If you want to explore the granularity of our language how about Austin’s Three ways of Spilling Ink?

  • I am, actually, shifting the theme slightly — slightly but subtly. Stay tuned. It’s going to be an extravaganza you do not want to miss.

    Thank you for dropping by.

  • P.S. Three ways of Spilling Ink — please.

    Strictly for squares.

  • Doc

    Not exactly Rilke.

  • Oh, come now!

    The greatest lesbian poet since Sappho.

    Auden once described Rilke as.

  • Doc

    Must be the glamour shot that threw me off.

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