Intimidation is an art. It’s a fragile balance not only knowing how to exude stone cold certainty, but also in knowing how to deflect the the intimidation of others. It all comes down to confidence. When you have absolute confidence in it doesn’t matter how many awards, citations or framed business school diplomas other people have on their office walls. It’s possible for anyone to make it to that level so long as they don’t waiver due to outside pressure. The point is that you can’t let anyone cause you to shrink when you have a clear goal in mind. Keep your eyes on the prize.