one of the advantages of self confidence is just that: you believe in yourself. you have confidence. the belief that, in most things, you can do anything.
of course, the disadvantage of self confidence IS that you believe in yourself and that you can do anything.
and heaven knows, that ain't always right.
i can cook. i've always cooked, ever since i was a kid i was making messes in the kitchen. i took cooking classes in college. my lasagna is in high demand, not only in my family, but with some of my friends.
therefore, i become a legend in cookery. no one else in the world can cook as well as i.
until i find several people that not only cook well, they cook MUCH better than i do. then i'm depressed.
ego is an amazing thing. without some of it, you can become road kill in the emotional highway of life. with it, you run the risk of becoming Tom Cruise. not necessarily jumping on Oprah's couch, but starting to believe your poo doesn't reek.
for example, in case you didn't notice, i take pictures. some are OK. some are killer and a lot of 'em are crap.
don't argue. i know they're crap. i've seen em, remember?
but - give me a new, bad-ass camera and some lucky shots and suddenly i think i'm freakin' Ansel Adams.
so not the case. but i get lucky sometimes, which is what i think happens with all of us. you write a best seller, you got lucky. you cook dinner without burning it and everyone loves it, you got lucky.
but again, give me a cool camera, and suddenly i think i can do no wrong. which i can, and often do, but i still get lucky.
and i've got to remember that luck doesn't always equal talent. but enough of talent and luck can make me a legend. if only in my dreams.