Confidence is a valuable trait that can help individuals succeed and stand their ground. However, excessive confidence, or overconfidence, can lead to negative consequences. We have all experienced moments where we spoke confidently about a subject we knew little about or made fun of others while being in the wrong. Using references that are not grounded in reality, such as Disney movies as sources of truth, can also be a sign of overconfidence. When we lack expertise in a particular field or are uncertain about a topic, it is better to remain silent.
Arrogant individuals who lack knowledge on a topic can be frustrating to deal with, especially on social media, where their mistakes can be permanently recorded for all to see. Overconfident people who make false claims, make assumptions, or underestimate the complexity of a subject can quickly lose credibility and respect from others. In some cases, they may even face public backlash or ridicule. It is essential to strike a balance between being confident and being open-minded and humble enough to admit when we are wrong or uncertain about something.