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one's overall self-evaluation

Branden's Six Pillars of Self Esteem

Live consciously Be self-accepting Take personal responsibility Be self assertive Live purposefully Have personal integrity.

Live consciously

Be actively and fully engaged in what you do and with whom you interact

Be self-accepting

Don't be overly judgmental or critical of your thoughts and actions

Take personal responsibility

Take full responsibility for your decisions and actions in life's journey

Be self -assertive

Be authentic and willing to defend your beliefs when interacting with others, rather than bending to their will to be accepted or liked.

Live purposefully

Have clear near-term and long-term goals and realistic plans for achieving them to create a sense of control over your life.

Have personal integrity

Be true to your word and your values

Self Efficacy

a person's belief about his or her chances of successfully accomplishing a specific task


Observing one's own behavior and adapting it to the situation

The Big Five Personality Dimensions

Openness to experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism/Emotional stability

Proactive Personality

Action-oriented person who shows initiative and perseveres to change things
Common trait of entrepreneurs
Demonstrates resiliency


The ability to handle pressure and quickly bounce back from personal and career set-backs

External Locus of Control

one's life outcomes attributed to environmental factors such as luck or fate

Internal Locus of Control

belief that one controls key events and consequences in one's life

Contributors to Performance


Emotional Intelligence

ability to manage oneself and interact with others in a constructive way

Psychological Capital

Striving for success by developing one's self-efficacy, optimism, hope, and resiliency

Deliberate Practice

A demanding, repetitive, and assisted program to improve one's performance


Lucky people make their own good fortune


A realistic assessment of one's own contribution and the recognition of the contribution of others and luck to one's success

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