Americans Finding their Confidence

The average American feels insecure five times a day, according to new research.

A survey of 2,000 people looked at their confidence levels and found that for many, confidence can be tough to come by. 

Results showed that people find their nerves shaken the most when confronted with difficult situations like speaking in front of a large group (40%), not being properly prepared (34%) or starting a new job (28%).

Respondents would also be on edge when in awkward situations like trying a new dating app for the first time (27%) or if they were the last ones to walk into a meeting (22%).

An infographic showing 'The average American feels insecure 5 times a day,' with an illustration of a person with a thoughtful expression. Below, a list: 'People find their nerves shaken the most when confronted with difficult situations like: Speaking in front of a large group (40%), Trying a new dating app for the first time (27%), Navigating financial hardship (13%)', each with an associated icon.

Conducted by OnePoll for Curad, the survey also found that people aren’t letting life’s hurdles get them down and offered their tips and tricks for gaining more confidence.

Topping their list are adopting a positive mindset (48%), gaining support from family and friends (48%), being prepared for anything (45%), working out (43%) and helping others (41%). 

Interestingly, 55% said faking confidence actually helped boost their real confidence.  In fact, a third of respondents (32%) “often” or “always” feel like they have to “fake it ‘till they make it” to feel more confident. 

Results also found that for three-quarters (76%) of those surveyed, confidence has a domino effect. 

Respondents feel secure in other areas of their lives once they have control in one area — especially when it comes to exercise (34%), parenting (33%), and playing sports (31%). Seven in 10 (71%) also said exercising impacts how confident they feel.     

Those who exercise frequently use tools that help strengthen their confidence and help enhance their overall performance such as knee/ankle braces (11%), supports (10%) or kinesiology tapes (9%).

Infographic highlighting 'Some of the most effective ways to build confidence are:' with three circles above a person doing sit-ups. The circles are labeled 'Being prepared 45%,' 'Working out 43%,' and 'Helping others 41%,' each with a corresponding icon of a clipboard, a person running on a treadmill, and a handshake

“It’s not surprising to learn that being active and maintaining a consistent exercising routine can contribute to your physical and emotional well-being,” says 5-time Ironman World champion Craig Alexander. “There’s a sense of pride that comes with the achievement, especially if it’s a workout that pushes your boundaries. When you look back on that first try and compare that to where you are now, you can’t help but feel more confident.”

An infographic stating '7 in 10 (71%) said exercising impacts how confident they feel' with a green circle above and illustrations of various exercises. Below, 'Nearly 1/2 of Americans also look to their loved ones for support on their confidence journey (48%)' alongside illustrations of three people, one holding a yoga mat.


Medical professionals — 41%

Servicemen/servicewomen — 38%

Businessmen/businesswomen — 33%

Politicians — 31%

Athletes — 25%


Knowledgeable — 50%

Kind — 40%

Decisive — 39%

Authoritative — 37%

Fearless — 36%