Secrets to Being Confident With Best-Selling Author Heather Monahan

Heather Monahan

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Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews authors, experts, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life.

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Meet Heather Monahan

Heather Monahan is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and founder of Boss In Heels. As a former C-suite executive, Heather is a Glass Ceiling Award winner and was named one of the most Influential Women in Radio in 2017. Thrive Global also named her a Limit Breaking Female Founder in 2018.  

Host of the "Creating Confidence" podcast, Heather's work has been featured in USA Today, CNN, Forbes, Fast Company and Business News Daily.

Why Heather Monahan Is Mentally Strong

While Heather feels confident now, she didn’t always feel this way. At one point, she was fired from her job, and her confidence took a major hit. But she developed strategies that helped squash her self-doubt.

What You'll Hear on the Show

  • The benefits of confidence
  • How Heather’s confidence led to Harvard inviting her to teach a class (even though she didn’t attend an Ivy League school)
  • How to use language that exudes confidence
  • The difference between confidence and arrogance
  • How to accept a compliment
  • How Heather landed Gary Vee as the first guest on her podcast
  • How to make a humble childhood your superpower (instead of being embarrassed by it)
  • Why it’s important to shine a light on shame
  • Heather’s strategy for channeling confidence when you need it most
  • The conversation she had with herself when she almost backed out of giving a TEDx talk

What You'll Learn About Confidence and Mental Strength

You might think you’re cutting the tension with self-deprecating humor or that you’re being humble by saying negative things about yourself. But undercutting yourself also sends a strong message to people around you.

While it’s important to own your mistakes, don’t apologize for being you. And while it’s good to avoid taking yourself too seriously, putting yourself down sends a message that it’s OK for others to do the same.

Quotes From Heather

Heather Monahan

Own that shame, whatever it is, and watch it lose power.

— Heather Monahan
  • "You’re selling people on who you are and how to treat you."
  • "Channel whoever you need to in that moment because that will build confidence for you."
  • "Confidence is like a muscle that when trained will grow. The more you practice stepping into different things, the more proof you get that you can do hard things."
  • “Clarity and communication are really important right now given the uncertainty in our world. People look to those who can lead people. They look to others for clarity. People want to worth with those who have certainty."

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By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.