By Suhail Algosaibi, an EO Bahrain member and founder/CEO of Falak Enterprises
The two terms are often used interchangeably, but there are actually very different. For one, self-esteem is internal, and confidence is external. Self-esteem is all about how you “esteem” yourself, while confidence is about something specific.
Using myself as an example, my self-esteem is quite high, but my confidence varies depending on the task at hand. Ask me to give an impromptu speech in front of a group of strangers and I’ll shine; I’m confident about my public speaking skills and I can come up with good things to say on the fly.
However, ask me to paint a picture and my confidence slumps. I make a poor artist. My four year-old would put me to shame! You get my point, right?