We all know that letting your ego run the show is a bad thing. We all know this—but how many of us still do it? I would love to think that I can rise above my prideful ego. That I can put aside the voice that's sometimes shouting to be heard, but even I let it get the better of me sometimes.
Some sense of self-esteem is a great thing. Ego is your personal identity, and that should be strong. Strong, however, doesn't mean that you go around punching everyone else now does it?
As I have come to understand it, there are two types of people who deal with their ego: ego-mongers and ego-fighters. If you're a fighter, like me, you are really trying to keep it in check. It you are a monger—and we all know a few of these guys—then you probably have let it get the better of you for years now.
Now, being an ego-fighter is the better way to go. It ensures quality friendships and relationships that could potentially last a lifetime. It puts love, respect and honor before the prideful fall. And most of all, people would just rather be around you if you check your ego at the door.
Ego-mongers are people like Kanye West. They're really funny and great to enjoy from afar, but who really wants to spend day-in and day-out with Kanye West?
But in order to transition from monger to fighter, you have to admit that you are wrong. Not necessarily now. And not all the time. But sometimes, yes, you are wrong.
You must also understand that when your ego takes the reigns in your life, you be actin' all crazy like. Your sense of self-importance outshines your ability to be kind, generous and rational.
Lastly, you need to reflect on the way that your big ol' ego can be messy, pompous and overbearing. Chances are it's the thing driving you to act the way you have been. Perhaps it's time to change that, ay?
Now, unlike with vanity, you probably don't think this song is about you. Don't get me wrong, you egoists are probably vain too, but you're so darn great that why would anyone say anything bad about you? See: Narcissism.
And since your big ego probably prevents you from identifying with this, you will continue being yourself. And so, I realize with some apprehension, I probably haven't made a dent in the ego-monger population at all.
But I'm not giving up. Nope, not I. After all, I am a fighter.