I'm doing a project in which I find the relationship between self-esteem and academic performance, but I can't find any proof. So I need to know the other places that people get their confidence from.
I never had the physical body that all men dream of. However, women do find me cute and attractive for a 19 year old guy. I got my confidence by talking to women and even making out with them. I used to be shy, when young. But I knew I had to build my confidence in school, at parties/clubs, or at the mall. I haven't had a girlfriend yet, but my confidence is well, when it comes to talking to teachers, professors, friends, women, anything.
I believe confidence approaches from your demeanor, the visual and aura that is given out. When somebody insults you, and you just glance at them, raise and eyebrow, and then return to work, it's a small gesture that shouts out 'you're not worth my time'. I was a victim of bullying in elementary, but in middle school, I became someone that stood up for anyone and everyone, I didn't let anything get to me no matter how much it may hurt. After a while, people realized that I didn't deserve being bullied, not when I took the time to help everyone.
As a direct answer to your question, academic performances effect your self-esteem a lot, though it does in many different ways. When you get a very high score, you become much more confident in your ability to learn, but I'm afraid it only goes up to there. Some people may have a very low score, and they're often uncertain towards school work, but when it comes to socializing, they find it easy and they become confident in themselves around other people. BUT, if the people around either of these examples act differently it can change everything. A group of friends that look up to you can give you a tremendous boost in your confidence, a group that looks down on you and often insults you will instantly drown your self-esteem.
Hope this helps :)