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It's all a matter of confidence

By Antonios Karantze, in , posted: 18-Feb-2007 10:36

A few weeks ago, I watched an episode of the show 'Hustle' ( with my wife - although this had come out in the UK before we left, we only got a chance to watch it one night when everything went better than planned (the kids were in bed and asleep early!).

My wife remarked how the plot seemed to hinge so much on the confidence of the hustlers involved.

I started thinking about how this applies to the real world, and mostly so in business. Perhaps it's present for me because of recent work activities.

Typical teaching at school and university prescribes a sequence to go through when planning business development, namely; identify an opportunity; research the details; solicit your idea and gain buy-in; present a business case; proceed to market. 5 easy steps that anyone in the real world knows can take from a few minutes to NEVER (Your idea is the CEO's so Just Do It, to the whole business resisting change because it can).

I also standard thinking of the recent resignation of Telecom's CEO, T Gattung. This was a busy leader who was supremely confident, and had years of success (first at BNZ, then at TNZ) that reinforced the confidence. And it all came crashing down at the stroke of some angry politicians (admitedly, after they had been goaded into taking that position). Talk about a rough way of deflating your ego - but then, your confidence erodes dramatically and self-doubt sets in (it's inevitable, we are all human and just as afraid of failing as the next person).

It takes a certain type of person to have REALLY BAD DAYS, and then climb back up again and start building up that confidence. Taking denial rejection, rebellion and just plain old spoiled-brat behaviour, only to come back in and go at it again is a real strength, more than technical knowledge, connections or your ability to bully people.

I would love to know what infinite store people draw on to re-energise and keep coming in day after day, not only to try again but also to do it with enthusiasm and drive.

We all have bad days, some more than others. What do you use to 'get over it' and come back stronger than before?

- Feb 2007

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Antonios Karantze
New Zealand


Antonios has been actively employed in the IT & Technology sector since 1991, and has worked on many commercials projects and products in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Working in product or actively managing programmes of work, he has always focused on building for the end customer, and not just promoting new technologies. Industry experience includes all telecommunications areas for business and private customers, private insurance, loyalty, media, energy and gambling. 

Since 2013, he has been involved with the development and launch of many popular smartphone applications in New Zealand, including

- TAB Mobile
- AMI & State Insurance digital experience
- Fly Buys
- Newshub for web and app
- Genesis Energy & Energy Online
- MyACC for Business

Genuinely passionate about technologies, internet and computing in general, he lives in the city he was born in - Wellington, New Zealand, the creative heart of hub of digital sector for the country.