Confidence, a breath away from Arrogance

Seth Godin is my favorite blogger.

He’s simple yet profound.

He doesn’t use a lot of words to make his point.

Yet there isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not struck by his toughts.

Here was a recent post about being arrogant.

I relate to this because I fear that my confidence can sometimes cross the line into arrogance.

And well..I just aint all that.

(this is an arrogant man..this is not Seth Godin)

Here’s what Seth says:

This is a fear and a paradox of doing work that’s important.

A fear because so many of us are raised to avoid appearing arrogant. Being called arrogant is a terrible slur, it means that you’re not only a failure, but a poser as well.

It’s a paradox, though, because the confidence and attitude that goes with bringing a new idea into the world (“hey, listen to this,”) is a hair’s breadth away, or at least sometimes it feels that way, from being arrogant.

And so we keep our head down. Better, they say, to be invisible and non-contributing than risk being arrogant.

That feels like a selfish, cowardly cop out to me. Better, I think, to make a difference and run the risk of failing sometimes, of being made fun of, and yes, appearing arrogant. It’s far better than the alternative.

Where do you think the line is?

Are you afraid to take risks because you may look arrogant?

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