Belfast Telegraph

Mindy Kaling: Earn confidence!

Mindy Kaling has issued a directive on how to rightfully gain the respect of others.

The 36-year-old comedienne has been in the entertainment industry for over a decade working on shows like the US version of The Office and her own series The Mindy Project.

And although some people think confidence is a given, Mindy has a unique point of view on the matter.

“Confidence is just entitlement. Entitlement has gotten a bad rap because it's used almost exclusively for the useless children of the rich, reality TV stars, and Conrad Hilton Jr., who gets kicked off an airplane for smoking pot in the lavatory and calling people peasants or whatever,” she wrote in an essay for the American version of Glamour magazine. “But entitlement in and of itself isn't so bad. Entitlement is simply the belief that you deserve something. Which is great. The hard part is, you'd better make sure you deserve it...Because confidence is like respect; you have to earn it.”

Mindy believes the only tried and true way to gain confidence is by working hard.

The star is convinced gaining mastery over a pursuit is the most effective approach to being self-assured.

“I work a lot. Like, a lot a lot. The result of which is that I'm usually hyper-prepared for whatever I set my mind to do, which makes me feel deserving of attention and professional success, when that's what I'm seeking,” Mindy detailed. “Work hard, know your sh*t, show your sh*t, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn't always mean your parents. If you do that, you will be fine.”

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