I thought of taking a break from just talking about marketing.
Those of you who follow my blog know that I like to identify the differences between words in English and how they get used. An Oxford dictionary is still among the prized possessions in my library.
I was listening to a talk by Sean Stephenson on the Ilovemarketing mastery program by Joe Polish and Dean Jackson.
He brought out an important point on Arrogance versus Self Confidence.
Which led me to the dictionary again and this is what I got at the meriam-webster site and I have taken it from there and posted below
Definition of arrogance
: an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner or in presumptuous claims or assumptions
Definition of self-confidence
: confidence in oneself and in one’s powers and abilities
Sean’s take was that people with confidence have a tendency to always want to improve themselves and keep increasing their capabilities which increases confidence further.
On the other hand people who are arrogant are always trying to prove a point to others or to themselves.
What was more interesting was what he mentioned after this. Can people who are confident about themselves come out as arrogant to others.
As per him if someone thinks of your self confidence as arrogance, then it means they are jealous of you. Which is the price for being successful.
Bottom line is if people are jealous of you then you know you are being successful. And if people are not jealous of you then maybe you are not playing a big enough game.
Till next time.