The Fine Line Between Self-Confidence and Arrogance

Just wanted to share an old illustration that I made a couple of years ago:

HareandTortoise2

For some reason one day I was thinking about the hare and the tortoise story and it suddenly hit me what the moral of the story was.

This story is always associated with “slow and steady wins the race”. But it’s really not that simple. Let’s face it, if the hare didn’t fall asleep, it would’ve won, plain and simple. So why didn’t the hare win? Because he fell asleep. Why did he fall asleep? Because he was so arrogant in his ability to run faster that he underestimated the tortoise and thought that there was no way he would lose to a slow tortoise.

On the surface, arrogance and self confidence can sometimes seem very similar. But on the inside, they’re worlds apart and I think it has to do with one’s mindset and how someone approaches a challenge.

Arrogance: I can beat you in this race.

Self confidence: I can win in this race.

An arrogant person validates their ability against others. A self-confident person validates their ability against themselves.

Here’s another version I made with a different layout 🙂

HareandTortoise

Both are available on my RedBubble shop, just click on the image to check it out!

 

 

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