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Do Not Be Arrogant

by seo on July 29, 2009

Career Mission’s Chief Executive Officer, A. Harrison Barnes discussed how arrogance can never help you succeed.

Harrison strongly believes that the most arrogant people are often the most uncertain of themselves. Out of insecurity many people decide that it is important to project an image that they are better than others, and to come across as if they know exactly what they are doing at all times; nothing bothers them; and they know more than everybody else.

People who use power to portray an “I’m better than you” attitude generally do not do well. On the road to success the worst thing you can do is act as if you think you are better than everybody else. So many people hurt themselves and others through arrogance. Arrogant behavior broadcasts to the world that you are weak and afraid, afraid for people to see who you really are. It can de detrimental to your career as well as your personal life.

One of the greatest skills we can possess is the ability to make people empathize with us, sympathize with us and, most importantly, want to help us. Some of the most powerful people in the business world have developed an extraordinary ability to make others identify with them, and even feel sorry for them. There is no sense in being arrogant: If others want to help you the odds of success are going to be much higher. Developing a personality that makes people want to help you can reap huge rewards for you in every area of your life.

Work to develop empathy amongst your peers, not resentment or anger. The more people can empathize with you the better off you will be. Exuding arrogance is an invitation to others to push you down and it is also a sign of weakness.

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