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  • The word confidence in Chinese characters as adopted by the Korean people looks like this:

    自信感




    which is written and pronounced in Korean as:

    자신감




    which can be romanized in English as:

    'JA-shin-gahm




    自(JA) means to be proactive, to be true to one's self, to emerge naturally
    信(shin) means to trust, to rely on, to be faithful to, to have integrity, to be
    certain, to do as you believe
    感(gahm) means to feel, to resonate, to be grateful, to realize, to yearn
    for something

    I wonder if what our ancestors had in mind when they were trying to capture
    the idea of confidence was a feeling of gratefulness that comes from realizing
    that when we act with integrity, with a sense of trust in ourselves, our true
    selves emerge naturally...
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