“Show me someone with no ego and I’ll show you a big loser.” – Donald Trump
“More the knowledge lesser the ego, lesser the knowledge more the ego.” – Albert Einstein
Which one of these ideas do you believe in?
I lean towards the latter than the former. Because of this, I’ve come to realize that the more I read, including books and journals, the more I realise how little I actually know. As a result, I try to keep my mouth shut and focus more on listening than talking.
Entrepreneurship has a way of putting things in perspective. It teach you humility, which is something I keep learning and appreciating more and more.
Mainly because as an entrepreneur, your sustainability is highly dependent on people, suppliers to give favourable rates, customers to buy from you and your team to rally around your dream.
You need to learn to put your ego aside. Yes, definitely be decisive, have a vision, have courage, and also be humble.
When dealing with people, always err on the side of caring when you’re not sure.
Being humble can make your relationships stronger.
When you’re not humble, you don’t think much about your flaws because you think you’re perfect [ego]. Being humble helps you reflect on where you could improve.
Humility also helps you to say: I don’t know everything, so I can learn from others.
Some people are more humble just by nature. But this doesn’t mean that people who aren’t naturally humble can’t learn to be humble. If you’re willing to put in the work, you can learn to be humble, almost like a skill.
Higher levels of humility can make you a better entrepreneur and a better leader. They could even help you be happier in your own life.
As Ryan Holiday said in his book Ego is The Enemy:
“We can’t keep learning if we think we already know everything.”
You have a choice between two options:
- Either you can humble yourself, or
- Life itself will do it for you.
I believe that finding a way to humble yourself is a lot less difficult and a much better approach.
There is so much power in humility.