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The Mother's Day gift your mom will actually want

This year, go for originality over flowers. Big Think Edge is 50% off for Mother's Day.

  • Get a 1-year subscription to Big Think Edge for your mom this Mother's Day! A subscription gets you access to our premium video learning platform.
  • Confidence is not the same as self-esteem, says Claire Shipman in her lesson for Big Think Edge. It is an action you take.

Where does confidence come from? How does it grow?

Claire Shipman has devoted her career to helping women find deep confidence by setting themselves worthy challenges, and sometimes through overcoming social programming that can hold them back. She's just one of the many master teachers sharing practical wisdom for life and career on Big Think Edge. And now through May 15th, you can give Mom full access to Edge for a year, at 50% off.

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