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Patrick’s confidence drives her success

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Danica Patrick just wants to win. The Indy driver burst onto the scene in 2005, when, as a rookie, she placed fourth at the Indianapolis 500.

Patrick attributes much of her success to self-confidence, which she describes as a muscle that has to be built up.

“Confidence is a big word in my life,” says Patrick. “I know without a doubt that I am strong enough to get through anything life throws my way.”

Here are some of Patrick’s thoughts about confidence:
  • It comes from proving yourself over and over.

  • It’s walking up to someone, shaking hands hard (one of Patrick’s signature moves), looking that person in the eye and talking face to face.

  • The intense eye contact is important: It lets people know you’re present and care about what they’re saying.

  • It’s asking questions other people wouldn’t dare to ask.

  • It’s putting on your steely “race face,” in Patrick’s words.

  • Confidence comes when other people worry that you’re in the game.
-- Adapted from Danica: Crossing the Line, Danica Patrick with Laura Morton, Fireside/Simon & Schuster.

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