Arrogance is not necessarily a bad thing. Hear me out, once you truly master a skill, the label of arrogance will nearly automatically find its way to you.
That’s a given.
However, with all your unconscious, semi-conscious or fully conscious arrogance, you ought to stay humble. Real knowledge should humble you because the more you learn, the more you realise that there is much more you do not know and everybody that meets you on the road can teach you something only they can.
I run into all sorts of people especially IT professionals who know next to nothing, yet hold firmly to their little knowledge. And ready to defend to the death that they know-it-all, even though it is obvious to you that they need help. Such people are best avoided, they usually deserve what comes to them anyway.
You can walk around head high, confident you know better than everyone else and end up making a big fool of yourself OR you can still walk around head high, confident you do know better than everyone else, but somehow willing to listen to what others have to say and if you are still confident you know better, then you hang on to your ideas.
I have certainly been accused of been a proud, arrogant and stubborn man a lot of times and I make no apologies for that, but I have certainly remained approachable and always willing to reason with whoever approaches me to analyse or criticise my work. A former team member of mine once beautifully commented: “You can convince Morebise on any matter, but you must have strong reasons and facts to back it up”
Do not allow arrogance rob you of the joy and fun of everyday learning and feedback. Because learning and feedback is one of the fundamental pillars upon which our skills, businesses and other endeavors rest upon.
Watching The World