Why Tiger wins
I once asked a golf expert what makes Tiger Woods incomparably better at the game than, say, someone like me. And the answer was: “He knows he can sink the putt.” Yet he comes across as quite a modest person, don’t you think?
I believe that points to a crucial distinction: being sure (vs. full) of yourself. Confidence—belief in your ability to do what you’re trying to do—is essential. We all know people who, though talented, achieve less than they could because they don’t have faith in themselves. Confidence is what keeps you from getting in your own way.
Arrogance, on the other hand, is less about believing in yourself than about underestimating or undervaluing other people. I’d say it usually comes from a need to prove that you’re really as