Episode #16: Confidence vs. Overconfidence

With Dave Scott and Joe Marshall

This Week’s Theme: Confidence vs. Overconfidence

With Guest: Craig Caudill

Other people sometimes think that they can survive the wild with just the basic things in survival, or knowing the basic rules in firearms. But what does it really take to survive in whatever situation?

Q & A

    • [transcript time=2:09] How do you get people to change from being overconfident?
    • [transcript time=4:41] The more experience you have, the less cocky you are
    • [transcript time=5:11 ] You will fail often. You’re constantly being slammed and it really depends on how you take that.
    • [transcript time=6:33] I don’t mind failing in front of my students. So that they can physically see me make a mistake and not be able to do something.
    • [transcript time=8:10 ] Cockiness tends to come out of fear. We grow up believing and told that we can’t be afraid and we’re not meant to be afraid of anything. A lot of people tend to be cocky to avoid showing fear.
    • [transcript time=9:37 ] How do you deal with fear? Specially for guys, we’re brought up to “Not Show Fear” and it comes off as cockiness or overconfidence.
    • [transcript time=11:17 ]My best advice is for people to be really just honest with themselves.
    • [transcript time=13:11 ] It’s really important that you be realistic about where your skills are at and there’s nothing wrong with not knowing something. The skills that we have are just representation of the time and effort that we have put in.
    • [transcript time=14:26 ] If you become good at something, anything – then you feel confident about yourself and therefore you’re less likely to try compensate with an overstatement or an over cocky attitude over something because you understand the process of not being good about something.
    • [transcript time=16:12 ] Fear and ego can sometimes be of benefit. You just have to control them for your advantage.
    • [transcript time=19:26] We all have limits, whether they’re physical or emotional, psychological or physiological. One of the things in survival training that I try to teach my students that is good is “How to recognize those limits”.
    • [transcript time=20:36] It’s easy to recognize the overconfidence of someone else. How do you recognize if you’re being overconfident and how do you take care of it?

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