In the world of HighsnobietyKanye is king. The music, fashion, and business mogul has gone from being a cocky young gun to literally being able to do or create whatever he likes — but the funny thing is, Kanye West was a star in his own mind long before he became a star celebrity.

We all know someone like him. They're brash, irritating and have seemingly overinflated egos, but sometimes they're right. Sometimes they end up being hugely successful, no matter how much you hate them (we've seen your anti-Kanye Facebook comments). Fortune says this obnoxiously confident/success correlation is no coincidence, and has found a corny business theory that would seem to back it up.

Fortune quotes Cameron Anderson, a professor at the Haas School of Business at Berkeley, who says that “overconfident individuals are perceived as more competent by others and they attain higher status.” However, Anderson makes a very clear distinction between overconfidence and something he calls "impression management" — faking it, in other words. His research shows a link between success and overconfidence, but not between success and impression management.

So the real question is not “How do I appear as confident as Kanye West?” It’s, “How do I become as confident as Kanye West?” To do that, Fortune says "too many of us are waiting for someone else to tell us that we’re good enough. To certify us. To give us a stamp of approval. But the only person who can give you a stamp of approval is you. Before the world sees your talent, you have to see it."

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