by Jake Thompson

Ego Prevents Progress

Too often we let our ego and pride get in the way of making progr...
Ego Prevents Progress

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.

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