#225-1. Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."
-Mary Anne Radmacher
#225-2. Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.
-Peter T. McIntyre
#225-3. The trouble with the world is that the stupid are always cocksure and the intelligent are always filled with doubt.
Quiet inner strength always wins over noisy aggression. It makes persistence easier, and is sustainable. It comes from spiritual maturity.
In my view, any of the following could lead to spiritual maturity: (i) reading any deep subject including science, mathematics, philosophy (ii) interest in star-gazing, astronomy (iii) trekking (iv) passionate involvement in any task at work or as a hobby (iv) music (v) any of the classical or fine arts (vi) reflection on one's own and others' behaviour with a positive, accepting and learning orientation (vii) ability to laugh.
On the other hand, overconfidence is common amongst the ignorant!
Über-coach Marshall Goldsmith posted five useful tips on Build Your Self-Confidence at his Harvard column on Oct. 30, 2009. In my comments to the article, I mentioned the following:
Self confidence could be looked at as being confident about oneself, not necessarily about one's view being correct. On the path to developing as a leader, if we anchor all our thoughts and actions in a basic trust on our sincerity of purpose, our ability to find a way and our flexibility to change direction, then the difference between self confidence and arrogance remains clear.
Being confident and projecting confidence could at times be different things. This could also be analyzed as: confidence derived from content and confidence in style.