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The Value of You Begins With a Simple Realization

The correlation between your existence and your confidence — and what it all means.

Anthony Andranik Moumjian
3 min readNov 19, 2020

Everyone in your ecosystem is the same in most ways.

We have different heights, of course. Some male, some female. All of us go to the bathroom in the same way, and all of us clean our bottoms. At some point, all our lives end.

The difference between you and those who society places above you is perception.

Building confidence in yourself is the thought experiment in which every problem in your life has an array of solutions. More importantly, it’s the confirmation that those solutions don’t require nervousness or anxiety.

Successful people grown from the bottom by themselves have this. Because, along the curve of existence, they learned quicker than the rest how to adapt and survive.

Society places a lot of value in the idea of self-made individuals. The reason for this is obvious: They relate better. You think to yourself that one day this person could be you. And you’re right. This person could be you.

Why doesn’t the rich person who came from rich parents matter as much?

Why can’t most people even pretend to like those such as Kim Kardashian or Donald Trump? These people were born to wealth. Kim Kardashian sprung into the limelight partly due to her father and partly due to a sex-tape with a second-rate celebrity. Donald Trump’s fortune came from his father’s illegal real estate construction projects with the Federal Housing Authority (aka the taxpayer) — he would grossly over-estimate construction costs and frequently refuse to provide low-cost housing to African American families.

When you come from zero and make it to the top, you’re legend to most. People render you larger than life. You’re almost not human. When people think about Keanu Reeves, they think about the nicest human on the planet. He’s not flashy, he has a million amazing stories about his kindness, he looks relatable, he plays in movies that everybody loves.

But neither Donald Trump or Keanu Reeves is larger than life. These are people no different than you and me. Trump is overweight and has had terrible…



Anthony Andranik Moumjian

UC Berkeley, mathematics. Los Angeles. Long-time runner. Top writer on Quora, 100M+ total content views. New to Medium. Inquiries: