After one or two victories under your belt, it’s hard not to get caught up in the hoopla inside your head.
A few awards, a winning streak, X percentage of growth all mean precisely the same thing, nothing. To say they mean nothing is a bit extreme, recognition every now and then for a job well done, for commitment and real achievement is necessary, it helps us to keep going. Self-congratulatory fanfare, however, is the exact opposite of what we need. Believing your own hype or letting your ego take charge are detrimental to growth in any pursuit.
Flava Flav said it best back in ’88 “Don’t Believe the Hype” (I can’t believe this is the first Public Enemy reference I have made on this blog). Hype is for the charlatan, we want to be hustlers (read more
Hype is for the charlatan, we want to be hustlers (read more here).
Hustlers work for their recognition, they savour it for a brief moment then get their head down and work some more. Hype and ego can creep in fast so it is up to us to remind ourselves of the dangers of both.
Hype and ego can creep in fast so it is up to us to remind ourselves of the dangers and stop them in their tracks. Having people close to keep us in check is handy but we are the only ones who have control over such affairs. It’s a constant battle, one that Ryan Holiday speaks about in ‘Ego is the Enemy’ and it never gets easier. We have to make a commitment to ourselves to work at it and remember our real reasons for doing what we do.