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November 29, 2007


Joseph Ratliff


Confidence. You have to have it...but it's how you portray it that makes the difference.

I don't think you have lost any confidence personally Ryan, I think you have more of the "right kind" of confidence is all...the kind that is backed up by experience.

Joseph Ratliff
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Jay Simcic

I think that you are showing confidence by admitting that you don't know everything but you're willing to find out and work to get it right.

No one knows everything. I believe overconfidence can kill you especially when you make that one big mistake that follows your for a very long time.

Just my .02

George Sepich

Ryan, you are just too smart for your own good. There are a lot of overconfident people that even though they discover that that might not know it all, there ego kicks em right between the legs, creates some immediate pain, and they quickly ignore the obvious and go right back to being their same ole confident self. You must have been wearing a cup. :)


Rebecca Dean

Reminds me of the old adage... goes something like, "People listen to 10% of what you say and 90% to HOW YOU SAY IT."

Hope you're doing well, Ryan.

BTW, how are you doing with the magical email address program?


Mike Hooker


You have no idea of who I am, but I've been on your list for some time now. I bought your special report on how to get clients in 14 days. Although I haven't landed my first client, I enjoyed reading it, nonetheless. You have a smooth, almost relaxing writing style.

I appreciate your view of making promises. I believe in underpromising and overdelivering, which causes me some anxiety while starting my own copywriting business.

In direct response copy for our own writing businesses, we are supposed to build ourselves up, showing that we are the professional, the go-to person, in whatever niche we choose.

It's difficult for me to write about myself like that. I know there's someone else out there who could do the job better than I say I can.

I'm afraid I'm going to build myself up too much and not be able to deliver of my promises, which would make me look like a bumbling fool, the Barney Fife of automotive copywriting.

I won't belabor the point any further. I enjoy reading your posts and keep up the good writing.



This is very thoughtful and thought-provoking. I always thought of "over-confident" people as being insecure people who just ACT confident to hide their insecurity.

But now I see that there really IS such a thing as too much (real) confidence.

Lots of wisdom there. ;)


Ryan Healy

Thank you all for your comments and compliments.

@Rebecca - Going well so far. Perhaps I'll write about it soon.

@Mike - There is always somebody who can do a better job than we can ourselves. The goal is not necessarily to be the best, but to be as good as we possibly can.

The automotive industry is kind of like the restaurant industry; it's more about making the right offers and getting people to form long-lasting habits than it is about the copy you write.

Of course, one of the biggest issues in automotive repair is TRUST. My father-in-law helped run an auto shop for a year and got to see how dishonest and shady it really is...

tower defense

I bought your special report on how to get clients in 14 days. Although I haven't landed my first client, I enjoyed reading it, nonetheless. You have a smooth, almost relaxing writing style.

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