A confident person raises themselves up.
A cocky person pulls others down.
I had a great idea for writing an article about the difference between the two, but came down to the realization that the difference could be summed up in two sentences. Irony is that, I’ve discussed this with friends in the past. I had been labelled as cocky, but in truth I was only showing confidence. It was another party that deemed me cocky because it was part of their personal agenda to undermine others. Truth is, that individual had nothing to be confident about. It was a matter of projection. They thought themselves better than others despite all evidence to the contrary.
As Dad once said… “All sizzle and no steak.”