Think of yourself as an eternal student to stay humble.

Think of yourself like many of the ancient Stoics did: An eternal student of life, dedicated to learning as long as you live. This keeps you humble and encourages you to learn from the best in your field.

However, it pays to look both up and down the chain: take some time to mentor and teach others. Going back to beginners and helping them exposes you to the full spectrum of skill levels and is another way to restrain your ego.

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Ego Is the Enemy

Ego Is the Enemy

by Ryan Holiday

Epictetus

“It is impossible for a man to learn that, which he thinks he already knows.” 

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Delegate tasks to learn to trust in others.

Trust increases the speed of everything in a business, the more employees trust one another, the faster things get done. Delegating some of your work to others forces you to do two things:

  1. Respect other people’s work.
  2. Trust that they can get a job done.

These aren’t just ways to win against your ego, but can also be the difference between a thriving company and one that goes bust.

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Use unexpected results as inflection points to keep improving.

When you do a bad job, your ego will tell you it’s not your fault and blame anything and anyone but you. Do a great job and it’ll say you deserve every single ounce of credit, giving you a lot more than you probably deserve. Instead of letting these get to your head, you can use them as inflection points to keep improving.

  • Have a high? Congratulate yourself, turn right back around and get back to work.
  • Have a low? Take responsibility, learn something and start moving up again.

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