There’s a fine line between confidence and cockiness.
Cocky people scare me. They scare me because they always think they’re right and most of the time they aren’t. They also scare me because they confuse cockiness with confidence and sometimes convince other people of the same. They usually end up being wrong and taking people with them.
I’ve observed that cocky people tend to listen only to people who are at least as cocky as they are. So the people who think they’re right, but many times are not, are informed only by other people who also think they’re right but many times are not. They move forward into dangerous territory with blinders on because they only listen to others who are like them. That’s not so good.
Confident people, on the other hand, inspire me. But they don’t inspire me because I think they’re right or because they have an air of self-assuredness about them. They inspire me because they aren’t afraid to be wrong. They make their decision and move forward with an open mind, ready to adapt. Even if they discover they’re wrong they are able to make adjustments.
I’ve observed that confident people will listen to all ideas before moving forward. They make the best decision they can with the information at hand. They inspire others to greatness and create safe environments for people to thrive and discover their own abilities. This is a very good thing.
There’s a fine line between cockiness and confidence and it can be summed up in one word: