It's really not hard to be successful. (Although it does require having some guts and not being lazy.) Simply be willing to do what most people aren't. You've seen the ads "Make big money- No selling, no telephone calling, no work, etc". The point is if you really want to stand out from the crowd and be very successful, then do the things other people won't. Think about how little competition you will have. I have been involved working in home businesses for over 10 years now and one thing has stood out in my mind.
When I looked at people in this business who were very successful they weren't supermen or women. Oh sure a few have stood out with better skills then average, but for the most part they are relatively average people with one main characteristic. Each one has been successful because they were willing to do things the crowd wasn't willing to do.
It's an amazing feeling of confidence you get after you are willing to do things you were previously afraid to do. Sure you may be scared at first to pick up that phone and call someone but it gives you an amazing feeling of confidence after you do.
Have you ever noticed the most successful people also seem to be the most confident. Not necessarily in an obnoxious ego way (although some are), but in a way that you just sense something is different about them.
Some people mistakenly think that people are confident because they are successful. They say, "I would also be confident if I were successful!" However, people who think like that are wrong, those people became successful, because they were confident first and believed they would be successful. I have yet to meet the first person born successful.
You want to be confident and successful?
Step out from the crowd and take on those exciting challenges that others are afraid to take. That's why the crowd at 65 is living on Social Security instead of the few who are cruising the Caribbean on a regular basis. It's a lot less crowded out there.