Arrogance vs. Confidence
In the development of young people, one of the more important things is always to protect against the nature of arrogance. The ability to distinguish between the two, usually helps young athletes continue to push to their maximum potential.
One of the more frustrating things is having people around young successful athletes always telling them how great they are. They also tell them what they want to hear instead of what they need to hear. Sure, everyone needs reassurance in their progress, but as I have stated before, they have enough friends, they need people that really care about their progress for the right reason.
Sometimes adults want to help young athletes out so they expect something in return, these are the type of people that think they are doing good, however in reality, they enable the development of arrogance. Michael Jordan stated that “if you except the expectations of others, especially the negative ones, you will never change the outcome.” This is why it is so important to tell young people the right things and to try and have as many people around the young athletes on the same page as possible. If you are involved with young people in any way, please take the time to make sure you explain the difference between the two and the importance of being confident, but don’t allow it to turn into arrogance.