WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JUL. 27, 2015
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5 Ways Overconfidence Can Make You Rich

Some people might say that overconfidence is a dangerous trait and one of the fastest ways to crash and burn. But if you talk with a group of successful people, overconfidence might be the common denominator. It takes confidence and determination to improve one’s career and start a business. But if you want to take success to another level, you might have to crank your confidence level up a notch.

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Here are five ways being overconfident can make you rich.

1. You're a Risk Taker

Fear of failure holds many people back from accomplishing their goals. Even the most confident people know their limitations or sometimes doubt their ability to get things done. It’s a different story with someone who’s overconfident. These people think they’re invincible, and as a result, fear isn’t a part of their vocabulary.

If you’re overconfident, you aren’t afraid to take risks, despite others thinking you’re being irresponsible or careless. You look past any potential danger and keep your eye focused on the bigger picture, believing you can rise above any obstacles that get in the way of achieving success and building your wealth.

2. You Set a Higher Bar for Yourself

A confident person can have big ideas for a business or career, but unfortunately, they’re not always motivated to go after what they want, or they set the bar too low. A person who’s overconfident doesn’t have this problem.

You don’t need anyone to motivate you or give you pats on the back. You are your biggest cheerleader. Additionally, you’re not satisfied with being “good,” you strive to be “great.” You believe you can achieve riches, greatness and surpass your competitors. You never give up even when the odds are against you.

3. You Get What You Want

Whether you’re at a networking event or you’re looking for investors, you aren’t afraid to ask for what you want. You’ll toot your own horn and explain why your business is the “only one” investors need to invest in, even if you know there’s a strong possibility you’ll get rejected. You’ll keep knocking on doors until you get the answer you want to hear. This can also apply if you’re trying to make it big in the corporate world. You’re not afraid to approach your boss and sell why you’re the only person for a job in order to prove your worth and move up the career ladder faster.

4. You Don't Listen to People

Confident people may yield to the opinions of others- an overconfident person doesn’t. People who are overconfident can also be slightly arrogant or egotistical. Others may view their confidence level as a negative quality, but it’s this confidence that keeps them a step ahead.

Being overconfident can get you in trouble, especially with your business partners. They might say something shouldn’t be done, or they might advise against a certain action. But if you’re overconfident in your abilities, or if you know a particular action will bring in huge revenue, you may overstep boundaries and do the opposite of what you’re told to get the necessary results and grow your business.

5. You're the King of Rebounding

Since you feel you’re destined to achieve greatness and that you’re the best person for any task at hand, mistakes and failures don’t slow you down. No matter how many times you fall down, you don’t give up. You keep plugging away until you prove the naysayers wrong and exceed your expectations.

See Also: Jobseekers Overconfident in Their Abilities

Whether you’re starting your own company or trying to advance the career ladder, overconfidence can get you to the top faster and help you build riches. Others might not understand your drive or decisions, but your ability to take risks is the secret to your success.

Do you agree with the article above, or do you think overconfidence isn’t a good trait? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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