My kids are confident, my neighbor’s are arrogant (and they say the same about yours)

10 07 2013

“I think we tried very hard not to be overconfident, because when you get overconfident, that’s when something snaps up and bites you.” ~Neil Armstrong

 Our CEO frequently tells us that the difference between confident and arrogant is that “your children are confident, your neighbors children are arrogant”.  Keep in mind that if you’re going to exude confidence, that you try to exude a “quiet confidence”.  That may help you avoid the perception of your peers or staff that you are arrogant.  Remember that people who may be in a good place one day will see confidence, but under pressure, the same people may see the same actions as arrogant, and pull further away from you, creating a circle of negativity. 

 It’s critical that you never let them see you panic.  Panic is contagious… However, overconfidence can lead to something snapping up and biting you.  For example… 

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Rubes cartoons used with permission. www.rubescartoons.com

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