Arrogance Is Welcome Here

I always knew I would be successful.

I felt it in my bones.

In my heart.

It must be encoded in my DNA because I’ve carried this deep knowledge since childhood.

As I’ve grown older, my belief in my ability to crush any goal and conquer any challenge has just grown stronger. Even when I’ve encountered roadblocks, I’ve always had this unshakeable confidence in my ability to navigate around them with grace and skill. My self-knowledge and conviction have guided me well, and equipped me to both achieve and lead.

I suppose that this might make me sound narcissistic. It doesn’t feel that way to me, and anyone who knows me well will attest that I’m a very grounded, gracious person. But I know my worth. I know my talents and abilities and I trust myself to improvise when unexpected circumstances arise.

Although I talk about this deep-seated self-assurance with my clients, it doesn’t come up in daily, casual conversation … so it’s not something you’d notice if I hadn’t told you. But if you met me in person, you’d know I’m confident. And confident in a rather extraordinary way.

When I started Icons Incorporated, I didn’t set out to build a community for people like me. I wasn’t specifically looking to support entrepreneurs, artists, experts and visionaries who bravely follow their passions and exude poise and certainty. I didn’t plan to launch a movement of Icons creating disruptive legacies that will last for generations to come.

Since that launch—and since Icons Incorporated has morphed into a haven for brave and ambitious entrepreneurs, speakers, and experts—I’ve started to pay more attention to signals of deep confidence. In the media and in my own networks, I’m always listening for indicators that someone shares my surety and understands how exceptional they truly are. It’s been fun. And it’s helped me find my people.

Here’s how a few of those individuals explain their enduring self-assurance:

Toby Maguire: “And since I was around 15, I knew I’d be successful. Since I was 17 or 18, I always knew I wanted to live a great version of my life. And so I got those ideas, and they have been north stars to me.”

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: “I always knew I would be successful. So there was no element of surprise.”

Rebel Wilson: “Weirdly, I always believed I would be rich and successful even as a very young child, and I would say that to people.”

Warren Buffett: “I always knew I was going to be rich … I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.”

Do these quotes strike you as arrogant? If so, ask yourself why. There’s no denying that these four people have done phenomenal things and earned huge fortunes in the process. What is so unseemly about declaring that they knew their futures would hold wealth and fame? To me, this simply seems like self-knowledge mixed with purposeful manifestation.

I’ve collaborated with countless exceptional experts, and been surprised to find that many of them live in fear of judgment. They can envision creative solutions to enduring problems, build global empires, share their talents with the world in inspiring and resonant ways. But when asked to speak about their accomplishments, they sell themselves short or downplay their achievements because that’s what the world has told them to do.

Like you, they think they’ll be admonished for verbalizing their grand visions.

Like you, they’ve been conditioned to believe their dreams of massive change shouldn’t be stated out loud.

Your vision of a successful and abundant future for yourself can manifest in reality.

And it’s so important that you embrace this shift in belief right now, at this moment in time.

Whenever I begin representing a new Icon myself, I tell them that arrogance is welcome here. What I mean by that is I truly want every client to bring the best of themselves to everything that they do, and acknowledge the amazing results that effort yields. I want them to own their excellence every moment of every day, and leverage that excellence to ask for the level of compensation that they deserve.

I want the same for you.

If you want to speak on the biggest stages on the planet, secure those high net worth contracts, forge lucrative partnerships, land those stellar press spots … you really do need to cultivate an air of grace, elegance, and self-assurance.

So do whatever you can to start broadcasting unshakable confidence in all that you do.

Radiate greatness.

Embrace ego.

Broadcast your brilliance.

Because arrogance is welcome here. And someday, I want it to be welcome EVERYWHERE.

Come with me. Play big. Become Iconic. Build your Iconic Empire.


P.S. Eager to own your excellence, but not sure how to get started? My Masterclass, “Beyond Influence” is live right now. Here’s the link.