The problem with the world is that
the intelligent people are full of doubts,
while the stupid ones are full of confidence.
— Charles Bukowski *
Another problem: there are TWO kinds of confidence.
Good confidence comes when leaders do their homework and think things through. Good confidence is energizing, contagious, and helps overcome doubt.
Bad confidence comes from feelings and bad thinking, and leads to ideas and plans with hidden flaws or risks we don't see, but should.
The trick is to be an intelligent leader with good confidence. We need more of them.
* Charles Bukowski was one of America's best-known and most influential contemporary poets and writers.
German-born, his work addressed the lives of ordinary Americans, as well as the craft of writing, alcohol, relationships with women, and work. He published thousands of poems, hundreds of short stories, six novels, and more than sixty books. As a result of his column for the underground LA newspaper Open City, the FBI kept a file on him. A biographical movie about Bukowski is currently in production.