Confidence vs. Arrogance

Most would agree that mindset is extremely important when it comes to surviving a crisis. You can have all the tools in the world, but if your head’s not in the game, you’re going to struggle.

However, there’s a difference between confidence and arrogance and it is important to understand the distinction.

Confidence is knowing you possess the knowledge and abilities needed to overcome the problem you’re facing. It is typically gained from practice, study, and experience.

Arrogance is an inability to consider the chance that you could make a mistake, and thus you may not recognize when your plans or actions are ineffective or going awry. Further, it tends to inhibit learning, particularly learning through trial by error. Quite often, arrogance is the result of not having your skills put to the test in any meaningful way.


Confidence will help you make it through a disaster or emergency. Having faith in your abilities is vital to success. Be convinced, all the way down to a molecular level, that you’re going to prevail in the crisis at hand.

Arrogance…well, that can get you killed. Life, karma, and Mother Nature all take a dim view of arrogance. Get too cocky and one or more of them will smack you upside the head. Never lose sight of the fact that you’re only human and thus you’re not infallible. Tempting fate is often a losing proposition.

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