Arrogance vs Confidence


Arrogance vs Confidence

Some in my inner circle know about my war against my own arrogance or the appearance of arrogance. With that being said, what does arrogance look like?
Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

I think in the same respect, when confidence in a person gets high enough, to those with lower confidence, it is indistinguishable from arrogance. 

Raising confidence is done by, “finding a way to succeed in insurmountable situations.” Martial Arts is a great example. Everyone says, “I can’t do that” when they start, and we prove them wrong. The result is a stronger, more confident person, capable of handling other insurmountable situations more easily, whether the situation is by choice or by chance. 

With that, here is a couple of thoughts I use to remind me of my place in the world, so I hopefully don’t appear too arrogant.
Winning a foot race doesn’t make you a better person than anyone else, it doesn’t even mean you are the fastest. It just means you are faster at this exact moment and in this place. Winning a foot race to solve an argument is as foolish as it sounds. The same can be said for fighting. Solving an argument by fighting is as stupid as solving it by using a footrace. All you prove is that at this moment, in this place, you won a fight. In a different moment and place, you may lose or you may still win, but either way, the argument is still unproven. Don’t ever think you are better than anyone else at anything.

I’ve read the Count of Montecristo many times, I learn something new from it each time as I’m an attentive reader. I can also learn from listening to someone who I’ve listened to before, even if they say the same thing again. I just have to be an attentive listener.

With that, I can learn from the beauty of the flower, the coarseness of a grain of sand, the shinning of the sun, the movement of the ocean and the depth of untapped potential in any individual in the world. 

Humility is the greatest of all virtues as it expands our own potential beyond all boundaries of perceived excellence. No matter how good I am, I can do better.

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