Controlling My Ego

by Patrick Liew on June 15, 2011

Prior to speaking at a seminar recently, I deliberately reined in my ego again.

I was cautious if I left it uncontrolled, it could grow into a monster. It has destroyed some speakers I have met, and it could also destroy me.

I will go through the same ritual whether I am presenting to a small group or in an international conference.

I am mindful that there is a degree of confidence needed to speak to an audience. If I don’t have the audacity to believe in myself and that my content is useful, I will never dare to stand up in front of them.

The danger is that the audience can feed on my ego, the flip side of confidence and cause it to grow unhealthily.

I can be like an addict, craving for an applause and in a western setting, a standing ovation.

After a speech, there are people who may come up and pat me on the back and praise me – and these actions can again be food for my pride.

After awhile, I may run into the risk of believing that I am better than what I really am. I can become conceited and even arrogant.

Please help me to control my ego and to be real. Make sure, as the Chinese would say, that my feet are firmly planted on the ground. 

I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can we ensure we remain humble?


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