My desire is to learn something from each person I come in contact with on a daily basis, whether for a few minutes or hours. A couple weeks ago I was engaging with another individual through one-on-one coaching, and I came away forever challenged with a statement this gentleman shared with me.
The question was simple: What is the difference between confidence and arrogance? He sat up straight cleared his throat and, with a clear and confident voice, spoke these words: “Confidence is quiet and arrogance is loud.” I will admit the initial statement was zipping through my mind at a high rate of speed, then everything slowed down. I began to process this simple phrase, and will continue to in the coming weeks.
As I process this simple truth, my mind goes to scripture and a simple principle we use in our Character Development Initiative: “It makes a lot of sense to be a person of few words and stay calm. Even fools seem smart when they are quiet.” (Proverbs 17:27-28)
As I continued to process this phrase, here are a few questions I wrestled with and am attempting to consider pro-actively:
- What are the indicators of becoming “Loud?”
- Who am I around when I become “Loud?”
- Who are the confident and quiet people in my life that I can emulate?
Take a few moments to process these questions. I would encourage you to make a list of the confident people in your life. These are the people we should take a minute and thank. Let’s move ahead on a daily basis and practice the confidence that experience and understanding bring and leverage our influence—for our future depends on it.