Arrogance is when you believe and act as if who you are and what you have to say are better than who others are and what they have to say.
Confidence is when you believe and act as if who you are and what you have to say are valid… and you acknowledge that who others are and what they have to say has validity too.
Arrogance is a dependent variable that depends on the assigned inferiority of others.
When you fend off the inferiority assigned to you by someone arrogant, they see that as a threat.
When two arrogant people face off, they jockey for position… each assigning the other the inferior position, and each resisting their assignment.
In contrast, confidence is an independent variable. It is unrelated to any notion of perceived status or position of others.
If you live in the paradigm of arrogance, you must take away from others to sustain your position.
When you live in the paradigm of confidence, you feel no need to diminish others because you’re certain that what you say has value (and what others say may have value too… and that’s perfectly fine).
If you see the world through the lens of better than/less than, that’s the paradigm of arrogance (even if you assign yourself the “less than” role).
If you see all people and all ideas as worthy of consideration, that’s the paradigm of confidence.
It’s worth taking a look in the mirror to see which paradigm you operate in.
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