While you’ve managed to achieve brilliance, I’m worried sick.
Yes, that’s right. I’m worried sick about you and the potential you have to become a monster. You have accomplished so much and in such a short time which truly is commendable. However, at the same time you have drastically transformed and I fear you will fall. With every milestone crossed, you moved a notch higher and now you’ve got your head in the clouds. You may be better than most people but that doesn’t give you the power to boast or make them feel small.
Right from kindergarten, we’ve been reading stories about how pride has a fall. I thought you would remember lessons from our childhood and would always stick to the values inculcated. Then again I think we forget what we learn as we grow or rather we choose to neglect it. There’s this feeling of superiority that we nurture as we get more successful. As natural as it may seem, I want you to know that this will only cause us to fall and fail one day. If you haven’t noticed yet let me remind you that our friends are slightly annoyed with how you’re so full of yourself.
Ego kills love and all things good.
I remember coming across this interesting story the other day. There was an island on which dwelt various feelings. The island was prosperous and fruitful. One fine day, there was a storm and the island began to get submerged. Love swiftly looked for ways to build a boat and managed to set one afloat. All the feelings quickly jumped in except one. Love jumped back into the water and ran towards Ego (the one who didn’t board the boat). Love urged Ego to accompany it but Ego refused. Love did not budge and neither did Ego. Ultimately, the level of the water rose and Ego led to the end of Love.
I don’t know if you managed to relate to what I just narrated. Our story is similar to this one. You have been sidelining everyone right from your family to your colleagues. You often say that you don’t have time for them but the point is you don’t make time for them. You have reached this stage in life where you feel there are other people who deserve your time and attention. Have you forgotten that these were the same people who helped you get where you are today? It’s true. Ego kills love and all things good.
Having the right attitude will take you a long way.
Commonly it is said, ‘Alone you go fast but together you go far.’ So although you’ve made it here fast I doubt you’ll be able to make it far enough. You managed to do things your way and have been fortunate enough to accomplish all your goals whether it was getting into the college of your dreams or getting a promotion at your desired firm. Don’t let it suck the humanness that you once possessed. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of your accomplishments but please monitor your actions before they get the better of you.
Having the right attitude will take you a long way. Be open to people and know that humility is a key to success among many others. Accept criticism with grace it will help you improve. Make peace with all those you’ve hurt because of your selfishness. It is never too late to pick yourself up and do the right thing. I know it’s difficult to accept your faults but when you do, that will be the end of ego.
There exists a fine line between pride and ego. Please be vigilant and don’t cross it.
With great concern,
Someone who doesn’t want to lose to ego.
Author: Joanne Baptista