Pride is a funny thing.
It can be a powerful force in your life, making you confident of the work you've done and who you are.
But at the same time, it can be a punk.
It can be the reason we don't ask for help - why risk looking like anything less than smart / strong / confident?
It can be the reason we never start anything new - why chance someone thinking we're bad at something?
I spent a lot of my early 20s allowing my pride to prevent me from pursuits. I cared about looking like everything was altogether. I cared about coming off polished and successful.
My pride ran my choices because I cared more about how I looked than about how I could get better.
Sadly it means I missed out on opportunities to build skills, relationships, and experiences that would have benefitted me more later.
A Competitor isn't afraid to ask for help because they care more about getting better than they do about looking amateurish.
A Competitor isn't afraid to put themselves out there and try something new - they know the only way to get better at a skill is to start doing it. No one "just arrives" ready to go.
This week, my challenge to you is not let your pride prevent you from starting something new.
- Practice a new skill
- Put yourself out there by initiating a conversation with someone new
- Attempt something outside of your comfort zone
Don't let your pride derail your progress.