Be Confident Not Cocky


Brian Dougherty became a Navy Seal at the age of 29. As he shared in episode 60, Brian entered Basic Underwater Demolition Seal (B.U.D.S.) training with a chip on his shoulder. His journey down into humility allowed him to rise to become a SEAL, entrepreneur and better father. From time to time, we all become like Brian. We can become overly confident and become cocky. He overcame and so can you!

This may seem impossible. I get it.

How can you do this? How can I know the difference between confidence and cockiness?

Here are some big differences.

  • Confidence insights. Cockiness divides.
  • Confidence invites. Cockiness ignores.
  • Confidence attracts. Cockiness repels.
  • Confidence shares. Cockiness hoards.

"Confidence comes when you have done the work, you know who you are and you are honest about what you can do." C. N. Zueck

Let’s use this quote as a guide.

“Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

Growth in these areas assures confidence.

Honesty- with yourself and others.

Honor- well respected by living a virtuous life.

Sacredness of Obligations- If you say it, do it! Another word for this is integrity.

Faithful Protection- Being a protector is a core tenet of being a man.

Unselfish performance- live for a purpose greater than yourself.


Closing Question:

Is there an area where you are lacking?

Attack. Learn. Press in. Remember the compounding affect of 1% a day.

This is the pathway to becoming a new man.


Fight Cockiness.

Live with Confidence.

Be a New Man.


Chad N. Zueck

Founder, New Kind of Man

Give some manliness to your friends

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