Victoria’s Secret CEO on How She Builds Confidence

'I think confidence comes from the continued pressure testing of the edges.'

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This is an excerpt from Finding Mastery #090 with Victoria’s Secret CEO, Jan Singer, in which she shares how she builds confidence.

I think I put myself out of my comfort zone all the time. I like to push it so I can see what my skills really are and what I have the propensity to learn.

I come from a place believing that just about anybody can learn anything if you give them the information in a way they’ll understand and enough time. I believe that and I keep testing that theory every year with what I take on for challenges and I say well can I really do that? What about this? Let me push it a little harder.

And so that gives me confidence.

Every time I learn and I grow, I say to myself, well I could do more because I don’t believe that there’s a limit to it except that you die at some point and then it’s a different kind of thing maybe I don’t know.

I think confidence comes from the continued pressure testing of the edges.

When I used to snowboard, you’re staring down a run and you’re like, “Well I don’t know, I’m not an extreme athlete that just has that adrenaline thing I don’t have necessarily that.”

I remember snowboarding and saying if I don’t commit, if I don’t commit to the edge, if I don’t commit to the turn and I’m basically going to hit the tree and die and that’s how it’s going to go.

I know every time my mind is engaged in it, I make the turn and I’d make the run. Same with golf. I had to be very mentally present.

That gives me the confidence, that I can focus and do it once then I build on that and learn and keep pushing see where the edge is.

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