THE PROUD SPONGE

A quick post today, but an enlightening one at that.

I’m a proud person. I feel you have to be proud in order to be successful. Don’t get me confused: I’m not just proud of myself, but I have pride for those I love and hold dear as well. After all, confidence comes from a sense of pride, and if you ain’t confident, then say buh-bye to success.

Of course, to every Id, there is the Superego; the Yin to the Yang; positive and negative. Pride is a powerful thing. Too much of it can be harmful, can alienate others, can make you look like a real SOB to work with. It’s always important to keep your pride in check… there’s a fine line between pride and arrogance.

If there’s one thing I’m learning from starting my own business and dealing with others, it’s that sometimes it’s better to put your pride in your pocket to get the deal done. Emotions are well and good for personal time (and anyone who knows me can tell you I’m a passionate, if not, emotional person) but when it comes to business, set that crap aside and do what’s in the best interest of business. If you don’t get along with someone, then find a way to see them eye to eye (or pet their ego) and make it work. If someone challenges your statement, then discuss instead of defending.

Ultimately, learn from others and apply it to your future business dealings. I’m surprised everyday by what I learn from others. Tim Boyle, the CEO of Columbia Sportswear once told me, “You have two ears and one mouth for a reason. You should listen twice as much as you speak.” Wiser words have never been spoken. In essence, be a sponge. A proud sponge at that…

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