Sure is a fine line between being a wannabe guru and inspiring ambition. “Hustlers” do pride themselves on fooling others, ironically they equate this race to the bottom with having intelligence.
Lately, if I’m not seeing someone “usurp one’s reputation before it’s due” then I’m seeing something much worse, humility — to the point of ambition! You can’t stop the vain in their hustle for a steady stream of attention. That said, I’d still much rather see excessive pride in one’s capabilities, as long as it is coupled with the indifference to it being widely known or suggested otherwise, pride tends to be self-correcting over time whilst vanity just demands the correction of the others view of him.