“Life is full of challenges and surprises and it is intelligence and self-confidence which prepares us for facing these challenges and accepting these surprises as successfully as possible.” -S. Dhall, P. Thukral, Intelligence as Related to Self-Confidence and Academic Achievement of School Students
diffidence: [ˈdifidəns/] (n) modesty or shyness resulting from a lack of self-confidence.
in a sentence: The aspiring TV singer’s voice trembled as he sang to the intimidating judges with noticeable diffidence. “I’m so nervous,” he apologized and promised to be back next season.
self-confidence: (n) a feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgment.
in a sentence: The happiest kids are those who believe in themselves, who have unshakable self-confidence no matter what anyone else says or thinks.