15 signs you have a strong character that some people mistake for arrogance

BY Louise Jackson 

1. You have strong opinions and you’re not afraid to share them

You’re not suggesting that your opinions are better than anyone else. But you do believe they are just as valid.

2. You are animated and enthusiastic in conversations

Rather than come from arrogance, know it comes from genuine excitement and enthusiasm for what you're discussing.

3. You know your strengths and you aren’t bashful about them

People with strong personalities don’t see why they should downplay who they are.

4. You are happy to speak up and volunteer ideas or ask questions

You have the willingness to participate that others did not show.

5. You’re a natural leader

Of course, leadership is a skill that is developed. But the reality is that some people also have certain traits which give them a head start.

6. You hate BS excuses and you call them out

We’re all grown-ups right, so you don’t believe anyone should get to hide behind excuses.

7. You know what you like and what you don’t like

It’s not that you think that other people should feel the same. But you know in no uncertain terms how you feel about most things.

8. You aren’t afraid to go against the grain

When you have clear preferences, you find it easier to say no to the things that don’t work for you.

9. You’re not concerned with people pleasing

You don’t seek external validation, your boundaries and needs are easier to enforce.

10. You’re decisive and don’t agonize over choices

It’s not some sort of arrogant conviction that leads you to believe you always make the right choices. It’s more that you prefer to take defined action.

11. You don’t beat around the bush and are forthcoming in speaking your truth

When you are pretty straightforward with people about your needs and wants, as well as your ideas and thoughts — it can be seen as pushy or demanding.

12. You don’t let your head rule your heart

You may be accused of acting coldly or matter-of-factly. But that’s only because in your mind, reason prevails.

13. You are very driven and focused on your goals

If you want to achieve your goals, you need a strong drive.

14. You don’t endlessly beat yourself up over mistakes

You recognize mistakes and make amends if it’s appropriate, but then quickly move on.

15. You feel comfortable in your own skin

You take pride in how you look and like to wear things that make you feel good.

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