We’ve all been graced with an arrogant sod at some point in our lives. We are all too familiar with that knowing smile, the raised eye brows and the shrug of the shoulders as they wordlessly tell you

 

‘Yep, top that why don’t you..’

 

As we begrudgingly and silently agree that yes, they have nailed whatever that was. The good news is, those that are arrogant on a regular basis provide for excellent dinner topics amongst house mates as you all regale a story about (for arguments sake) Simon. When Smug Simon comes up in conversation, your colleagues or peers will gleefully look at one another as you launch into

 

‘And don’t you hate it when- ’

 

However, whilst it may not be the most celebrated word and whilst we shouldn’t all aspire to be (at least overly) arrogant, sometimes a bit of arrogance is good as controversial as that may be to state. Just like anything, too much of something is going to be sickening (this can equally be said of someone who is too humble-just give over Helen know is that pious!).

 

So why perhaps are we encouraging a bit of arrogance?

 

arrogant

ˈarəɡ(ə)nt/

adjective

  1. having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities.

 

So, perhaps this needs to be flipped on its head slightly. The fact is when you go for a job interview (unless you’re doing something rather wrong) you should be trying to sell the skills you have that will make you a strong candidate. You want to get across that your abilities will ensure the smooth running of whatever the job role entails. Whilst you don’t want to get across that you have an air of self-importance, it is important to stress the importance of you being hired. You want to get across that no one will do the job better than you. You want to make them believe that with your abilities you can get the result that they need and perhaps haven’t been getting as of yet.

 

Is that not confidence you might argue? I suppose what we are trying to get at is ultimately you are always going to be competing against confident and capable individuals, so the arrogance that we are therefore talking about is the self-belief that you will do it better. We can all be confident, but it is more often than not the competition that we are surrounded by that makes us doubt our own abilities. This goes hand in hand with the concept of fake it until you make it. These people faking it may be bricking it inside but in order for you to believe they are the real deal, will involve them emulating some tinge of arrogance that would make it hard for you to doubt them.

 

Therefore, whilst we aren’t encouraging you to die of an over inflated opinion of yourself, having a bit of arrogance in your abilities (even if at times, you don’t quite believe it yourself) is good at giving you that ‘edge’ against your competitors and that (often needed) self-belief that you really can be the best you can be.

 

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