There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. I’ve referenced this is previous blogs, but I’m currently experiencing a situation with someone that deal with regularly on a professional level and it’s spurred me to write another blog.
I’m a firm believer in the fact that what other people think about you is none of your business. However, the way you make other people feel is absolutely your business. If you don’t contribute to everyone you interact with in a positive manner, at least one time during your interaction, you’ve got the wrong approach.
The difference in confidence and arrogance is how you make other people feel about themselves. A confident person builds others, has a positive/encouraging attitude, and leaves that person feeling better about themselves. Whereas the arrogant person belittles, talks down to, and leaves the other person doubting themselves or with damaged self-esteem.
If you want people to view you as confident, and I can’t imagine anyone not wanting that, the key is in your attitude. You can be the most educated, intellectual, well versed individual on a particular subject – BUT – if you make other people feel stupid, none of that matters.
Again, the difference between confidence and arrogance is 100% based on how you make other people feel.