Arrogant: (adj) having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.
“It is an attitude which your friends refer to as confidence and your enemies deem arrogance.”
This is a line from a novel I wrote some years ago.
There is a certain amount of self-worth necessary in order to conduct human business. But how do we know when we cross over into the boasting realm of “arrogant?”
Let me phrase it this way. I think you can call yourself confident unless:
- You feel the need to tell someone who you are instead of just showing it.
- You assume, upon telling them who you are, that a certain amount of respect should follow.
- You are offended when you occasionally have to take the lower seat because it’s the only one available.
- You bruise easily and heal slowly.
I feel if you’re able to avoid these four pitfalls, you can live a life of confidence without becoming arrogant. But even though it seems like arrogant people temporarily gain the day … at the end the destruction is much more violent and final.
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