Let me just start by saying that there is nothing wrong with being confident! I feel like everyone should be confident in themselves. But the line that separates confidence from cockiness and arrogance is a thin one, and often gets blurred.
By definition, confidence is "a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities". It means having self-esteem. It means loving the skin that you're in. Some people have it naturally and some people work hard to build it up. Like I said earlier, we should all strive to have confidence in ourselves. Confidence comes from within. That way it won't be broken by anyone else. A lot of people are drawn to those that are confident and I feel like because of that, you have people that go overboard. That's when the line gets crossed.
Cockiness/arrogance comes from feeling like you have to prove something. To me, that is the biggest difference between being cocky and being confident. Confident people don't need to say or prove that they're confident. They just are. People that are cocky think that confidence means being the loudest one in the room (here's a hint: it doesn't!) Confident people let their confidence speak for itself. You'll also know the difference between a cocky and a confident person because a cocky/arrogant person is also one that brags. They need everyone to know about their accomplishments. Confident people don't think that they are without flaws. Instead they embrace them. Cocky/arrogant people often act as if they don't have any flaws. And they usually are the first to point out someone else's flaws.
This is one of my favorites quotes. It sums it up well. Confidence is something you wear with pride but shouldn't make you prideful. It's natural and inspiring. Cockiness/arrogance is something you hide behind. It's usually a front and makes other people feel uncomfortable. I always say that a truly confident person is an arrogant person's worst nightmare, because a confident person doesn't have to try.
Confidence is key. Cockiness picks the lock.
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