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How to Be Confident without Being Arrogan

What's Hot:
Nandan Nilekani, Mani Kaul, Christine Lagarde & Hu Jia

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How to Be Confident without Being Arrogan

Confidence is a powerful trait. Confidence can make you successful. Confident people are like magnets…they tend to capture the attention, trust and respect of those around them. They believe they can do it, so they take risks and reap the rewards. It’s reassuring to work with someone who shows confidence in his work and his ability to get the job done and done well. And confidence can be contagious — we all want to surround ourselves with self-assured people who make us feel like we can do it, too.

But there is a thin line between being confident and being arrogant. No one likes a know-it-all, or someone who doesn’t listen because they believe they have nothing to learn.

If you display arrogance, you may turn people off, lose potential opportunities and hurt your reputation. Not to mention it can be a lonely way to live. So here are some ways to maximize your confidence without encroaching into arrogance territory.

  • Be Approachable
    Having confidence doesn’t do you any good if you become standoffish or unfriendly because of it. You want to be able to enhance and develop relationships, not make people view you guardedly. You can make yourself more approachable by making eye contact and using confident body language that invites conversation.

    In social settings, introduce yourself, offer a firm (but not too strong) handshake, and remember and use others’ names as you chat. In social networking situations, engage in conversations – both personal and business-related – to show your personality and give people a way to relate to you.
  • Be Sincere
    Arrogant people either rarely offer compliments or do so in a way that feels forced and artificial, and it can almost undermine the success of the other person. Make a point to frequently and genuinely acknowledge the hard work and successes of those around you, even those who you may consider competition.

    When engaged in daily conversations, listen well and focus on developing relationships. Avoid saying what you think the other person wants to hear and instead wait until you feel moved to offer an authentic and personal comment.
  • Be Humble
    Modesty and confidence work exceptionally well together in the battle against arrogance. To be considered confident without arrogance, act with humility when you are recognized for a job well done, and be accountable for your role in any errors that transpire.

    If you are part of a team that reaches success, take time to share the praise, give credit, and point out the contributions of others. We rarely reach success without support from someone else, and acknowledging the role others have played in our accomplishments is a great way to display confidence without arrogance.
  • Be Wrong
    Arrogance almost always comes with a perpetual belief that you are right, while confidence balances your ability to listen and learn from those around you. While it may seem that admitting uncertainty can chip away at your level of confidence, the opposite is true. Being clear about what you know and what you don’t know can be liberating, and it’s usually appreciated by others.
  • Be Forthcoming
    You’re confident because you’re good at what you do. Instead of sitting on a pedestal with your knowledge in your pocket, share it. Speak at conferences, write a blog, and talk to your colleagues to impart some of the wisdom you have gained.

    Having a collaborative attitude can prevent you from every being tagged as arrogant and it can open the door to new relationships and opportunities.

What's Hot What's Hot

Derek O'Brien, Rajesh Khanna,

Sunita Williams & Marissa Mayer

Derek O'Brien

He becomes the first Anglo-Indian to vote in Presidential poll.

Derek O'BrienTrinamool Congress MP Derek O' Brien perhaps became the first Anglo-Indian to vote in the Presidential poll as members of his community are mostly nominated to Parliament and Assemblies and have no right to participate in balloting for the top Constitutional post.

Lok Sabha, the House of 545 members, has two nominated members from Anglo-Indian community. Some state Assemblies also have provisions for nominated members from the community.

Nominated members of Rajya Sabha as well as Lok Sabha are not eligible to vote for electing the President, the electoral college for which comprises MPs, MLAs and MLCs.

O'Brien could vote as he is not a nominated member and has been elected to the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal.

Brief Intro

O'Brien was born in Kolkata, India to an Anglo-Indian family. He went to St. Xavier's Collegiate School in the city and St. Columba's School in Delhi, India.  After two years in Scottish Church College, Kolkata, he began his professional career as a journalist for Sportsworld magazine, but soon shifted to advertising where he worked at Ogilvy for eight years. His father Neil O' Brien is considered the pioneer of quizzing in India.

Derek O’Brien’s Essential Knowledge Quiz Book

This definitive quiz companion packs in 3000 questions that will test the mettle of any aspiring quiz enthusiast or ambitious young professional. There are no less than 1000 General Knowledge questions here, divided into fifty sections.

In addition, there are 2000 questions on specialized subjects that range from the Indus Valley Civilization and Hindu Mythology to Earthquakes and the Italian Renaissance, and from Buddhism and Bill Gates to Comets and the FA Cup.

For those looking to hone their skills for the quiz circuit, there are also sets of questions on favourites such as Indian Presidents and Prime Ministers, the Mughal period, Bollywood, Odd Cricket Stats and the Human Body. words

Set in a multiple-choice question format, Derek O'Brien's Essential Knowledge Quiz Book simulates the environment of an actual quiz show—readers will have hours of fun with it, whether they're quizzing alone or with friends and family.

Today, he is the host of the longest running knowledge game show on television, the Bournvita Quiz Contest. He won the award for Best Anchor of a Game/Quiz Show at the Hero Honda Indian Television Academy Awards in 2003.

He conducts inter-school quiz contests not only India, but also in United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal.

In addition to his television work, O'Brien has also authored several books published by Penguin Book India, as well as editing the Penguin India Reference Yearbook and the Bournvita Book of Knowledge.

He has his firm Derek O'Brien & Associates, help make "knowledge interesting", in their own words. They flaunt clients from some of the premier names like Cadbury India, Coca-Cola India, The Economic Times, The Times of India, Idea Cellular, Max New York Life, NTPC, Pearson Longman, Penguin Books India.

Since 1991, his firm, Derek O'Brien & Associates has been researching and hosting "The Brand Equity Quiz", the country's longest running corporate quiz show. In 2008, he filmed a new quiz series in Pakistan called Mind Grind.

Political career

In 2004, he joined the All India Trinamool Congress, a party in West Bengal,India. He is currently the vice-president of All India Trinamool Congress. In 2009 he was made the head of the Passenger Services Committee of the Indian Railways, under Railway and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee. In July 2011, he was nominated for one of six seats in the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal by the Trinamool Congress. He was sworn in as
Member of Parliament on August 19, 2011.

Personal Life

He has two younger brothers, Andy O'Brien, who lives in Perth and Barry O'Brien who lives in Kolkata. Derek has a daughter, Aanya, who is 16. Derek is married to Dr. Tonuca Basu, MD who lives in Brooklyn, New York. O'Brien is the CEO of Derek O'Brien & Associates. The organisation is based in Kolkata.

Rajesh Khanna

India's first superstar passes away at 69

Rajesh KhannaBrief Intro

Rajesh Khanna was a Bollywood actor, film producer and politician. He was referred to as the "first superstar" and the "original superstar" of Indian cinema. He earned these titles following 15 consecutive solo hit films in the 1970s, a record that remains unbroken. Khanna married Dimple Kapadia in March 1973, six months before Dimple's debut film Bobby was released and has two daughters from the marriage. Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia separated in 1984. Their elder daughter Twinkle Khanna is married to actor Akshay Kumar, while they also have a younger daughter Rinke Khanna.

He appeared in 163 feature films of which 128 films saw him as the lead protagonist; he appeared in 17 short films as well. He won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards and was nominated for the same fourteen times. He received the most BFJA Awards for Best Actor (Hindi) – four times and nominated 25 times.

In 1991, he was awarded the Filmfare Special Award for completing 25 years in the industry, appearing in a record 106 films as the single lead protagonist in a span of 25 years. In 2005, he was awarded the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award.  He made his debut in 1966 with Aakhri Khat and rose to prominence with his performances in films like Raaz, Baharon Ke Sapne, Ittefaq and Aradhana. He gave 35 Golden Jubilee Hits in the period 1966-1975, three more in 76-78 and 35 more in the period 1979-1991 and gave 22 silver jubilee hits in the period 1966-1991.

He was the highest paid Indian actor from 1970-79 and shared the honour with Amitabh Bachchan from 1980-87. He was known as one of the first casanovas in Indian cinema. He was also a Lok Sabha member of the Indian National Congress from New Delhi constituency from 1992 to 1996. After being critically ill, Khanna died on 18 July 2012.

Early life & Career

Born 29 December 1942 as Jatin Arora in Burewala, British India (present day Pakistan), Khanna was adopted and raised by foster parents - Chunni Lal Khanna and Leela Wati Khanna, who were relatives of his biological parents, after his father had migrated to Amritsar, India, in 1948. Khanna lived in Thakurdwar near Girgaon, Mumbai (then called Bombay) and attended St. Sebastian’s Goan High School there, along with his friend Ravi Kapoor, who later took the stage name Jeetendra, and whose mothers were friends.

Khanna gradually started taking interest in theatre and did a lot of stage and theatre plays in his school and college days and won many prizes in the inter college drama competitions. Khanna became a rare newcomer who struggled in his own MG sports car to get work in theatre and films in the early sixties.

Khanna did his first two years of Bachelor of Arts at Wadia College in Pune from 1959 to 1961. Both friends later studied in K. C. College, Mumbai.  Khanna also tutored Jeetendra for his first film audition. Khanna's uncle changed Khanna's first name to Rajesh when Khanna decided to join films. His friends and his wife called him Kaka.

Rajesh Khanna was one of eight finalists in the 1965 All India Talent Contest organised by United Producers and Filmfare from more than ten thousand contestants. Subsequently Khanna won the contest. He made his film debut in the 1966 film Aakhri Khat directed by Chetan Anand, followed by Raaz directed by Ravindra Dave both of which were a part of his predetermined prize for winning the All-India United Producers’ Talent Competition. G.P. Sippy and Nasir Hussain were the first to sign Rajesh Khanna after he won the contest. Aakhri Khat was India’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 40th Oscar Academy Awards in 1967.

Being under contract with United Producers, he got projects like Aurat, Doli and Ittefaq. He was then noticed for his performances in films like Baharon Ke Sapne, Aurat (1967), Doli, Aradhana and Ittefaq. Later Waheeda Rehman suggested Asit Sen to take Khanna for the lead role in Khamoshi. Through Aradhana he rose to "instant national fame" and film critics referred to him as the first superstar of India.

Political and business career

Rajesh Khanna was a member of Parliament for the Indian National Congress, from the New Delhi constituency, where he won the 1992 by-election, retaining his seat until the 1996 election. When Khanna was MP, he did not accept new acting assignments. After leaving parliament, he was a political activist for the INC and campaigned for the party during the 2012 Punjab election. Khanna and a group of foreign investors bought land in Shirdi on which they planned to build a religious resort for disciples of Sai Baba of Shirdi.

Sunita Williams

Sunita Williams

Indian-American astronaut blasts off for her 2nd space odyssey

dian-American record-setting astronaut Sunita Williams along with her two colleagues took off for her second space odyssey on a Russian Soyuz rocket, which blasted off successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Russian Soyuz is the only way to reach the International Space Station for American Astronauts until the commercial sector comes through with a new American made rocket.

Forty-six-year-old Nasa astronaut Williams, Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency flight engineer Akihiko Hoshide started their two-day voyage at 8.10 a.m. for a four-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS).

Born in Euclid in Ohio and raised in Massachusetts, Williams, who had earlier lived and worked aboard the ISS for six months in 2006-07, will further extend the record for the longest stay in space for a woman astronaut.

The space travel by Sunita Williams Williams, a flight engineer on the station's Expedition 32 crew, will take over as commander of Expedition 33 on reaching the space station. The trio will join the current ISS occupants ~ Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin and Nasa astronaut Joe Acaba, who have been in orbit since 17 May.

The six crew members will work together for about two months. Acaba, Padalka and Revin are scheduled to return to Earth on 17 September.

Before they depart, Padalka will hand over command of the station and Expedition 33 to Williams. She, Malenchenko and Hoshide will return home in mid-November, Nasa said. The new crew members are expected to conduct over 30 scientific missions during their stay aboard the ISS.

Williams, whose father hailed from Gujarat, was selected as an astronaut by Nasa in 1998. She was assigned to the ISS as a member of Expedition 14 and then joined Expedition 15. She holds the record of the longest spaceflight ~ 195 days ~ for woman space travellers.

She received a Master's degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1995.

In the space, Williams and her team of astronauts plan an orbital sporting event to mark the Summer Olympics in London.

Williams was quoted as saying in the media that she is excited about watching the London Summer Olympics from the station and put a much more global perspective on the mega sporting event beginning July 27.

Brief Intro

Sunita Williams (born Sunita Pandya Krishna; September 19, 1965) is an American astronaut and United States Navy officer who holds the record for longest spaceflight by a woman. She was assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14 and then joined Expedition 15.

She holds the record of the longest space flight (195 days) among female space travelers.  Williams also holds two other records for women space travellers: most number of spacewalks (four as of 15 July 2012), and total time spent on spacewalks (29 hours and 17 minutes).

She is married to Michael J. Williams, a Federal police officer in Oregon. The two have been married for more than 20 years, and both flew helicopters in the early days of their careers.

She has a pet Jack Russell Terrier named Gorby who was featured with her on the "Dog Whisperer" television show on the National Geographic Channel on November 12, 2010.

Her recreational interests include running, swimming, biking, triathlons, windsurfing, snowboarding and bow hunting. She is an avid Boston Red Sox fan.

Williams is the second woman of Indian origin to have been selected by NASA for a space mission after Kalpana Chawla and the second Astronaut of Slovenian origin after Ronald M. Sega. She holds the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman (195 days).


Williams attended Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts, graduating in 1983.

She went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical science from the United States Naval Academy in 1987, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology in 1995.

Marissa Mayer

Google's first female engineer and the new Yahoo! chief executive carefully matched ideal ingredients, temperatures and other factors to create a sublime baked treat, according to a tale told by those who know her.

Marissa MayerA self-described "geek" with a master's degree in computer science from Stanford, Mayer started as CEO on the same day when Yahoo announced weak financial results, with flat net revenue and a slight decline in second-quarter profit.

Although she was on the company's sprawling Sunnyvale, Calif, campus, she did not participate in its earnings call. Levinsohn was also absent from the call, which was led by Yahoo's Chief Financial Officer Tim Morse.

Mayer joins Yahoo as something of a celebrity, having already established herself as one of Silicon Valley's leading women, both inside and outside of the office. She is known for her love of fashion and regularly appears on the society pages for hosting parties.

Brief Intro

Marissa Ann Mayer (born May 30, 1975) is an American business executive and the president and CEO of Yahoo!. Previously, she was a long-time executive and key spokesperson for Google. She is the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

New Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's compensation package could total more than $70 million in salary, bonuses, restricted stock and stock options over five years, according to a regulatory filing made by the company. As the first female Google engineer and one of its earliest employees, Mayer's net worth is already estimated to be as much as $300 million.

Yahoo's hiring of Mayer as CEO from Google caught analysts and investors by surprise. Mayer, 37, edged out presumed front-runner and acting CEO Ross Levinsohn to become Yahoo's third CEO in a year. Industry observers believe Mayer's selection over Levinsohn is a signal that Yahoo is likely to renew its focus on Web technology and products rather than beefing up online content.

Early Life & Education

Mayer was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, the daughter of Margaret Mayer, an art teacher of Finnish descent, and Michael Mayer, an engineer. After graduating from Wausau West High School in 1993, Mayer was selected by Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson as one of the state's two delegates to attend the National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia.

Mayer graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in symbolic systems and an M.S. in computer science. For both degrees, she specialized in artificial intelligence. In 2009, the Illinois Institute of Technology granted Mayer an honoris causa doctorate degree in recognition of her work in the field of search.


Mayer joined Google in 1999 as employee number 20 and was the company's first female engineer. During her 13 years with the company, she was an engineer, designer, product manager, and executive.

Mayer held key roles in Google Search, Google Images, Google News, Google Maps, Google Books, Google Product Search, Google Toolbar, iGoogle and Gmail. She also oversaw the layout of Google's famous, unadorned search homepage.  In her final years with Google, she was Vice President of Local, Maps, and Location Services and, before that, Vice President of Search Products and User Experience.

The video of Mayer's 2011 interview of Lady Gaga as part of the Musicians@Google series has received over two million views on YouTube.

Prior to joining Google, Mayer worked at the UBS research lab (Ubilab) in Zurich, Switzerland, and SRI International in Menlo Park, California. On July 16, 2012, Mayer was appointed President and CEO of Yahoo!, effective the following day. She is also a member of the company's board of directors.

Boards and honors

Mayer is a member of the board of directors of Cooper–Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Walmart. Mayer was named to Fortune magazine's annual list of America's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. She was ranked 50, 44, 42 and 38, respectively.

In 2008, at age 33, she was the youngest woman ever listed. Mayer was named one of Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year in 2009.


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