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Katherine Grainger - is confidence born, bred or bluffed?

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  • Everyone
  • Staff - research


JHB Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Dr Katherine Grainger’s inaugural Chancellor’s lecture is on ‘confidence’.

In the 18th century, Samuel Johnson was quoted as saying “self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.”

But where does self-confidence come from? Are people born with it? Can it be taught or learned? And what happens when ‘great undertakings’ must begin before self-confidence is in place? Is achievement necessary before confidence exists, or can belief be the bedrock of confidence before there is evidence to convince?

Katherine looks at examples from a variety of sources including her own life and career to try to unlock some of the secrets of confidence.