Confidence can either be a great quality or it can be a ‘disquality’ to some. For example, foolish people are always more confident than intelligent people. Stupidity has certain confidence to it. Foolish people are more stubborn, and because they are blind, because they can’t see, they rush anywhere—even where angels fear to tread.
A man who is intelligent is bound to have a little hesitancy in him. Intelligence is hesitant. That simply shows that there are millions of opportunities, millions of alternatives for one to choose. Every choice is arbitrary so a certain lack of confidence is bound to be there. The more intelligent you are, the more you will feel it.
So not all confidence is good. Ninety-nine percent of confidence is foolish. Only one percent is good, and that one percent is never absolute. That one percent is always hesitant because there are really so many alternatives. You are always standing on the crossroads, not knowing which road will really be the right one. How can you be confident? Why do you expect to be confident?
All roads look almost the same but one has to choose. It is a gambler’s choice. But that’s how life is—and it is good that it is that way. If everything was clean-cut, pre-planned, pre-fabricated, and you were just given instructions—‘Move right and left and do this and that’—there would be confidence but of what use would it be? The thrill would be lost. There would be no light in life then. It would be a dead routine.
Life is always thrilling because each step brings you to another crossroads… again so many roads, again you have to choose. You start trembling. Will the choice be right or not? How to be rightly confident then? To be rightly confident is to think about all the alternatives and whatsoever you feel is a little better than the others…
Don’t ask for absolutely good and absolutely wrong. In life, there is nothing like that. It is only a percentage; one is only a little better than the other, that’s all. Life is not divided like two polarities—good and bad. There are a thousand and one situations between good and bad. So, just look around objectively, silently, feelingly, see every possibility, unworried, and whatsoever feels a little bit better than others, move on it. Once you decide to move, forget about other alternatives, because they don’t matter now. Then you move confidently.
This is really intelligent confidence. It does not destroy hesitation completely. It uses hesitation. It does not destroy alternatives. Alternatives are there. It consciously broods and contemplates over all the alternatives as silently, as humanly possible. Intelligence never demands anything inhuman.