Bravado: (n) a show of boldness intended to impress
Although I believe a certain amount of confidence is necessary to pursue our activities, it must always be saturated in the humility of knowing that the possibility of error is looming.
Bravado is the sensation that by simply bullying the available space around us with our superiority and all-knowing attitude, we gain the attention that will grant us the opportunity to dominate.
But just as in the cartoon, the little fish swallows the guppy and is then eaten by the bigger fish, who goes along for a second or two, and then is consumed by a yet larger member of the watery world, only to have him ultimately swallowed by the whale–such is the destiny of all bravado.
We may screech and scream our prowess–only to be overtaken by one who is more adept at screeching and screaming.
What is the correct profile to maintain an efficient amount of self-esteem?
- Find what you can do
- Practice it until you can do it in the dark
- Look for your opportunity to do it
- Be extremely grateful for any appreciation and praise you receive.
In my opinion, this is the definition, full extent and boundary which keeps bravado from becoming … totally obnoxious.
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