There is a narrow line between arrogance and cockiness. I like confidence, but I have no control over how others view me. It's a wonderful thing to be arrogant (confident). What's the issue? If you know what you're doing and aren't dismissive of others, then being cocky is an advantage.
Cockiness can be attractive, but only if you don't think you're better than other people. In fact, the more confident you are, the more attractive you find it when someone else is afraid of you.
Arrogance and cockiness are both unpleasant traits. You should try not to show either to other people.
A cocky person will want things done their way, but they will typically believe that their way is the better way. And that everything they desire should be completed inside the time range they have set. When things don't go their way, an arrogant person may sigh or feel somewhat irritated. But they quickly hide their true feelings away from others view. An insecure person on the other hand would rather let others know how they feel about things.
Cockiness can be found in many people, but it isn't always seen as negative as long as it doesn't get out of control. In fact, there are times when being cocky can be attractive to women. The more confident you are, the more likely you are to gain friends and attract women.
Sometimes being cocky can hurt yourself though. If you act like you're above it all then you will come off as conceited and obnoxious. And even if you aren't trying to be either of these things, then still you will fail because that is how humans work: we tend to accept behavior that's been repeated over time. So if you are cocky sometimes, this will not only make you unattractive but also come off as bad character.
In short, being cocky is not good. It can be acceptable at times (such as when talking to women) but still undesirable overall. And unlike other personality traits, cockiness can never truly be removed completely from your body.
Confidence is defined as "a feeling or idea that you can achieve or succeed at something." (Source) On the other hand, someone who is arrogant is characterized as "boldly or brashly self-confident" (Source). Arrogance is a quality that involves both confidence and pride. It is believing that you are superior to others.
There is a big difference between having confidence in yourself and being cocky. Confidence means that you feel capable of doing something; cockiness is when you believe that you deserve credit for good results even if you have not earned it yet. For example, if I said that I was confident that I could run a 4 minute mile would that be accurate? No, because running a mile in 4 minutes is very difficult. But if I claimed that I was cocky then yes, I would be accurate. Arrogance is a combination of confidence and pride. It is believing that you are better than others, but still acknowledging their right to differ from you.
Here are some examples of confident people who were not cocky: Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln. And here are some examples of cocky people who were not arrogant: Matt Damon, Charlie Sheen, and Michael Jordan.
The important thing is that you know the difference between confidence and cockiness.
Confidence is a sense of certainty that stems from an assessment of one's own strengths or traits. Arrogance is defined as an inflated perception of one's own significance or ability. First, arrogant people frequently assume that they have nothing to learn from others, therefore they act as if they know everything. Second, arrogant people believe that because they are talented or successful, other people should respect them. In fact, arrogance is a sign of internal insecurity. It can be used to compensate for one's weaknesses by being overconfident.
Arrogant people often make poor team members because they are convinced that they are right about everything and that their opinions deserve equal weight with those of others. They tend to dominate discussions and refuse to accept feedback from others. Finally, when things go wrong, arrogant people claim "It was my fault." Non-arrogants admit responsibility and take action to fix the problem.
Here are some examples of how arrogance affects your workplace: arrogance leads to excessive confidence, which can cause employees to ignore warning signs or avoid learning from past mistakes; it also leads to low morale and increased conflict with peers and management. Arrogant people who lack social skills may find it difficult to work with others.
The good news is that most arrogant people are self-aware and feel guilty after they exhibit behaviors associated with arrogance. This means they are able to change.