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I’m arrogant

In the past few months I’ve decided to stop running away from it and face the facts; I’m arrogant – and I’m not afraid to admit it. Arrogance is usually considered as a huge negative, but I believe that if approached the right way there can be some positive drawn from it. Before I elaborate, let’s quickly define arrogance according to Webster:

“an insulting way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more important than other people.”

I agree with about 90% of this definition, but unfortunately I realized a while back that I have my own way of defining certain words that meet my current needs. Here is the definition of arrogance that I use for myself:

“an often [misinterpreted] way of thinking or behaving that comes from believing that you are better, smarter, or more [valuable] than [your current self ].”

I don’t think I’m better, smarter, or more valuable than you, in fact I know that you can teach me many things that can make me a better and smarter person and I hope you do. My arrogance has nothing to do with you, however it has everything to do with me. I know I’m better, smarter, and more valuable than what I show today. I have so much more potential, so much more to give, so much more to offer the world. Every day I wake up challenging myself to outperform the person I was yesterday. Most days I fail and fall flat face-first to the ground, but on those lucky days that I succeed I’m shown that I can raise myself to another level only if I believe that I can.

I can be a better person.

I can be a smarter leader.

I can be a more valuable teammate.

It’s not easy. It’s mentally and physically draining. Imagine the constant battles I have with myself telling me that whatever I’ve achieved to this day barely cracks the full potential I possess. It’s quite depressing, but equally motivating. Most people see this arrogance directed to them, they misinterpret it and that’s simply not the case. That’s okay though – not everyone is going to understand and I can’t expect them to. I apologize if that is the case, I truly value you as a person and want to learn so much from you.

But if you can’t eventually understand my arrogance, I won’t continue apologizing. This is who I am. I am arrogant in my own special way. I need to be arrogant and if I stopped being arrogant then I start settling for less. I just have too much to prove to myself to allow the opinions of others to get in the way of my goals. I don’t see why everyone shouldn’t be just a little more arrogant – the “Shahzil way” that is.

“They can’t comprehend,
Or even come close to understanding him.
I guess if I was boring they would love me more.
Guess if I was simple in the mind,
Everything would be fine.”
– Kid Cudi

Shahzil Amin: Inspiring Entrepreneurs one Venture at a Time – India.com

usually don’t post about articles, but was very satisfied by how this one turned out: http://us.india.com/lifestyle/shahzil-amin-inspiring-entrepreneurs-one-venture-at-a-time-200204/ Shahzil Amin: Inspiring Entrepreneurs one Venture at a Time By Priya Kaur @pripri619 | November 22, 2014 6:09 AM | comment Tags: Business, entrepreneurs, Indian American entrepreneurs, media, tech Shahzil Amin, a 25-year-old inspirational, young South Asian entrepreneur, started […]

Shahzil Amin – Graduating From The School of Hard Knocks (Video)

On May 2014 I was very honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to speak to a group of amazing teenagers about my story in Atlanta, Georgia. The event was called RE:Ignite 2014 and the topic was about diversity. After struggling to figure out how I could tie my story to this topic, I finally decided to speak about all the diverse experiences I faced early on in my life that have defined me and my journey. I can honestly say that this event was one of the highlights of my year and I had an incredible time taking multiple “selfies” with my all of my new friends.

Below is the YouTube link for the video and the SlideShare link for the slideshow that was in the background. The first 1:32 of the video is blurred out of respect for the privacy of the students. Feedback is highly appreciated so I can continue improving my public speaking skills. I am my biggest critic and have already broken down all my mistakes and miscues; however I’d love to hear from a different point of view. Thank you.

(Click Settings icon and choose 1080p for HD video)

SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/ShahzilShazAmin/shahzil-shaz-amin-graduating-from-the-school-of-hard-knocks

p.s. Special thanks to Imran Virani for video editing assistance.