If your ego is as large as mine once was, you might find yourself fighting this statement to the root of your bones. Funnily enough, I don’t recall the context of our conversation that concluded in this statement. I somehow doubt Martin would remember either. But I recollect the pain I felt while confronting this simple truth. It’s not an overstatement to say I felt physical discomfort while contemplating it.
“I’m already humble; why would he even suggest I’m not? He’s so rude!” I thought to myself. But even back then, it was clear to me that my ego was too large. The sole reason I felt angry at this was that I knew it was true that I was not humble enough. When I saw someone else succeed, I felt I could’ve done it better. When someone made something, I would too often search for ways to criticize it, to appear better than them in my own eyes.
It wasn’t right away, but I’ve learned through experience that leveraging others is the best thing you can do to curb your ego. Learning to cheer for others, wishing them as much success as I wished for myself, or even more! Also, surrounding yourself with people better than you is a tremendously humbling experience. It’s not easy to allow yourself to be thrown into humbling situations, but it will allow you to be a better person.