Pride and confidence appear to be very similar things, but very important factors separate the two. When I envision pride and confidence I imagine a particular set of verses in the Bible.
Matthew 7:24-27 (King James Version)
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
Having a strong foundation built upon life experience is confidence. It’s a long process to build but lasts a lifetime. Building that foundation on what you own, how much money you have, or other material things may, from the outside, appear to be just as strong but when troubles or storms in life come along that pride can and will be easily swept away.
Confidence is an understanding of yourself, of the things that make you valuable and with it comes the element of self-worth. This is where pride and confidence often appear to have an overlap. Pride is also an element of self-worth but what differs is where this self-worth is rooted. While the roots of confidence grow through life experiences, pride’s roots thrive in the feeling of aboveness, an often unjustified feeling.
If you want to be held back from accomplishing the things you want to accomplish, be prideful. You’ll treat yourself and the work you do with kid gloves so as to not cause harm to your ego.