“Ego kills hustle” – Jon Acuff.
Stop what you are doing right now and write those three words on your forehead – or at least somewhere you can see them. Ego is just another form of fear that can stop us dead in our tracks. When it’s all we can think about, when it’s what we seek to protect most, when it’s what drives us to compete for something– whether we like it or not, it can kill us softly. It may not be noticeable at first. And it can often be mistaken as confidence. But having confidence to do something and knowing you could possibly fail, yet doing it anyway – that’s “checking your ego at the door”.
Not doing something because you fear it would crush your ego – well, ain’t nobody got time for that!
A few days ago, I had the opportunity to hear Jon Acuff speak about bravery and hustle. At the end of the talk he asked people from the audience to stand up and share something exciting they are working on and why they were excited about it. The stories people from all different walks of life shared were amazing, and as I sat there I thought to myself, “Wow, I thought what I was doing was pretty exciting but really it’s nothing compared to these people.”
Literally, not even ten minutes after he had just motivated us to be brave, to hustle, and to check our egos – I was already letting mine get in the way of what I was previously excited about. While there’s nothing wrong with an ego boost here and there, one cannot live on that alone. The problem with having an over-active ego is that it often leaves other people out of the equation, not to mention it stunts our personal growth.
I think Einstein says it best; “More the knowledge lesser the ego, lesser the knowledge more the ego.” No one really has all the answers. No one has acquired every skill known to man. If you want to hustle, if you want to work your way up to the top, if you want to be faster, stronger, be the best you can be, you may need to set aside your ego every once in a while; stay hungry – stay humble – and stay the course.