It’s been said:
“Anyone who’s successful has a certain amount of ego”.
Would you agree?
Because I do. While I might not like that I agree, I do.
But if ego is an ingredient to success, where does that say about humility?
If an egotistical person is that way because of “their” accomplishments, success at various levels or life fulfillment, and all of that drives additional success, how is that a bad thing? I’d argue it isn’t. But only if that ego stays healthy and in check. That’s where humility enters.
Humility is defined as “a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness”. And while I’d never suggest anyone have a low view of their own importance (that’s counter productive), it’s vital they recognize how important everyone else around them is! Humility in action recognizes and appreciates the upbringing, family, staff, coworkers, mentors, friends and countless others who’ve allowed you to thrive. Humility says they are one degree more important than me.
So how do we balance humility and ego?
By one degree.
Keep your humility dial turned one degree higher than your ego dial and you’ve found the answer. Self assurance, drive, confidence and ego? Yes. But only if followed by genuine recognition of all the pieces that help you get there.
Humility vs. Ego. One degree.