For as long as I can remember, talks of ‘egos’ ran rampant throughout this community. Many of the time, I was on the other end of this type of criticism. Today I aim to give you a perspective of egos from myself, a person who throughout many years has been told that the biggest ego of them all.. is his own.
To summarize CPACentral’s Person of the year post, they awarded me the honorary title because in situations that marked doom for armies, my leadership and personality allowed the army to thrive and become the army of the year. (FULL post here) https://cpacentral.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/cpa-central-person-of-the-year-2015/
Now, some of you may be asking what this has to do with ego. From my perspective, I had to have a never altering self belief and hold myself to a high regard. In 2015 the Doritos were subject to an alliance being created against them. You have few options when something like this happens. Most army leaders fear going up against the top 7 armies and you’ll probably end up fighting this battle alone. This leaves you with the natural flight or fight instincts. When what you view as “ego” is big enough, you literally truly believe in yourself to the extent that you believe you can do anything. Doritos ended up making this alliance of top 10 armies surrender their entire nations.
This brings me to what essentially is my main point here. The main thing people are controlled by are thoughts and their perception of themselves. If you believe you can do anything, you can. If you believe you won’t do anything, you won’t. It’s crazy to me that we live in a world where this is looked down upon. It’s scary here if you’re super positive and super creative, so what does that tell you about the mentality of people if they’re afraid of creativity and positivity? In my head I think I need to be a fan of myself. Isn’t it ironic that people that held themselves to a high regard, – or as some would say had big egos, ultimately for the most part found themselves being very successful and well known throughout the community.
Now, there is indeed a difference between what I view as having a big ego and the carelessness of many people who also get criticized for having a big ego. These are people who go around bragging all day or even view themselves as superior to others. From what I’ve seen, the people who simply believe in themselves tend to respect the privates as they would their superiors. I just find the ideas of society such as “be humble” to be limiting. When was the last time someone told you to be great? The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
Do YOU think that the “megalomaniac” and “self oriented” people are to the contrary just trying to help? When was the last time someone told you to be great? Let us know what you think!