If you could be endowed with an 80/20 split, confidence and competence which would it be?
The more I see, in business, relationships, sports, careers, science, (but maybe not chess) confidence in oneself usually counts for more than competence.
Does brass beat brains?
Does the most competent exec become the CEO, or the one with the unswerving swagger and unquestioning belief one’s own supremacy?
In the Wimbledon finals, does the better backander and server win, or the one who THINKS she’s going to win?
Who goes home with prettier women? The confident guy with a mediocre pick-up line? Or the hesitant schlub with a perfect line?
I know a dazzlingly brilliant programmer who can code rings around almost everyone. He just lost out a huge assignment to a ham-fisted coder who thinks (and says) he can do anything. He usually does, but not because he’s brilliant, but because he entertains no other possibility.
I’m thinking I’d opt for 80% confidence, 20% competence.
Actually, make that. . . “Absolutely, 80% confidence. Heck yes. No question.”