For years now, parenting experts in the West have been encouraging us to offer praise to our kids in an effort to help build their self-esteem, confidence and motivation. This approach differs wildly from that in places like China, where praise is rarely dished out for fear that it will create arrogant, egotistical children. So
Self-belief is one to the most powerful personal development tools we possess. Yet it can be an elusive beast and tricky to hold onto when life gets tough and it seems like the world is against you. When I was growing up my Mum had various motivational and positive mantras pinned up on the fridge.