On pride

You receive praise for being accomplished at a relatively young age. That’s why the biggest problem you have to watch out for at all times is your pride.

It’s irrelevant whether the praise you receive is deserved or undeserved. And I’d argue that if you think it’s deserved, that in itself is dangerous. That kind of pride could tear you down from any success you might see in your life. If you become too prideful to learn from others, you will cease to learn and eventually fail. That’s a given.

Even more sinister than that is the event of your pride creeping into the why” of what you do. If that happens, you might not even fail in your work—not immediately, at least. You might be able to go many months or even years churning out the same quality of work without seeing that your why” has changed.

Your pride will become tangible when, in the end, nobody cares about your work or you as much as you do. When your pride becomes the driving force for what you do, and when nobody else is nearly as proud as you are, you become disappointed. Depressed, even. This is the problem with being self-centered. You become so self-centered that you value what everyone else thinks so highly that you need it to validate who you are.

This all stems from pride and a need to feed your ego. Kill any pride you see popping up in your life very early on. If you allow it an inch, it will take a mile.