Confidence and Competence – You are who you are

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.-Michael Jordan

To do well and to be happy with what we do, we need to accept who we are. To celebrate our strengths and acknowledge our weaknesses.  After all, we’re all truly unique individuals.

Success in our design practices has everything do with us; how we feel, how we act, and how we embrace who we really are. 

At ArtSHINE we talk with our clients about “Confidence and Competence”.

Here’s why…

As creative individuals we all have dreams and desires. And we set goals that relate to those dreams and desires. Perhaps it’s to become a successful artist or designer recognised in your particular field. One thing’s for sure; all creative people have one very common goal; to be successful in our own right and to be doing what it is that we love.

From our coaching experience we see two essential characteristics required in order to achieve our goals:

1 CONFIDENCE: our heartfelt belief in our ability to do a task, and

2 COMPETENCE: all our abilities, all our skills, experiences and knowledge that means we are capable to do a task.

In our work we have found creative professionals generally fall into one of three groups when it comes to competence and confidence…

Confident but lacks competence:- Confident and talented with a clear focus on art and design, but not fully competent in all the aspects of the design practice.

Competent but lacks confidence:- Uniquely talented with a passion for art and design with an understanding, ability, and appreciation of the multiple facets of a successful design practice. But lacking the self confidence to move beyond current experiences. Sometimes reliant on others to confirm talents. Has the ability yet lacks the confidence to take action. Therefore remains stuck and seldom achieves goals and dreams.

While successful creative professionals fall into this third category…

Confident and competent:- This is where we want you to be… Positive in your approach to your design practice. Confident in your ability to achieve what you want, and actively working towards your goals. Understanding of what it takes to be good at what you do, and grateful for both your strengths and weaknesses. Constantly challenging yourself, learning new skills to get better within yourself, and in your business lifestyle.

So, to achieve our goals and be successful, the first step it to achieve competence. Build the necessary skills and knowledge you need in your design practice. And that’s not just about the art and design… It’s about your ability to “deliver the whole package”.

Just as critical is your belief and having the confidence in yourself to take action. To have the confidence to do everything that’s necessary, to do what you know, to use your talent and your skills to the best of your ability.

The really good news is that both confidence and competence can be developed over time through learning, experiencing and gaining knowledge.

When you have a high level of competence in your particular area and you have the confidence to act on your ability… you can succeed in any area you choose in your life.

Would you like an invitation to attend the next Quantum Compass ‘ Confidence & Competent’ workshop in April? – contact us now here: 

Want to know more? It’s as simple as 1… 2… 3…

2: Send an e-mail to this Quantum Compass address: get more info about our workshops for creative professionals.

3: Contact Vinh for a no cost, no obligation coaching session: 

just call Vinh direct on 0410 636 138,,





Vinh Van Lam
the authorVinh Van Lam
Vinh Van Lam, co-founder of ArtSHINE, is a visionary art coach and entrepreneur with a passion for fostering creativity. With a diverse background in art and business, he brings a unique perspective to empower emerging artists, enabling them to thrive in the dynamic art industry through the innovative platform of ArtSHINE.


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