6 January 2015
Yesterday, Richard Branson posted a piece on his blog about the fine balance between believing in your dreams and letting your achievements go to your head. Throughout history, there have always been people who walked this particular tightrope with difficulty, sometimes allowing themselves to be put on a pedestal. So, where do we draw the line between confidence and cockiness; self-belief and self-absorption?
Celebrating achievements is always important; however, it can become the biggest distraction of all. There is a time to celebrate, but if you are working hard to achieve a goal, you need to be at the top of your game. Breaking your winning routine for too long has its consequences. Whilst you are congratulating yourself on a job well done, there will always be someone else snapping at your heels, focusing solely on how to become better. This is why staying good at something you have already achieved success in is so difficult.
Believing your own hype, as Richard rightly points out, can go to your head so you lose the drive and the sense of purpose needed to help you hit your goals. I’m lucky to be surrounded by people who would tell me straight away if I sat back on my laurels. Ultimately, these are the most important people in your life; the ones who tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.
What do you think? Where is the line between confidence and arrogance?