Where Your Intellect and Ego Cross Is The Point At Which You Excel In Whatever You Do
It takes more than just knowledge to make it in business.
At school, we take many different subjects and we have the option to choose any number of careers.
What is it then that makes us want to be businessmen, entrepreneurs, and CEO’s?
After all, it would be much easier to walk into a job that is safe and secure that we know we could handle.
The answer is ego.
Ego is the driving factor that makes us say “I want to do more than just OK”. It’s ego that makes us want to be our own boss and create a thriving and successful business. It’s ego that drives us through all the late nights and early starts.
Ego shouldn’t be confused with greed. It isn’t just about making money – after all there are much easier and safer ways to make money than starting your own business.
Ego isn’t about showing off either. After all, we all know how easy it is to look the part without doing the work thanks to social media and “buy now pay later” culture.
Ego is about you.
It’s about proving to yourself that you can make it.
It’s about proving to yourself that you’re as good as you think you are.
It’s about knowing – not hoping – that one day you’ll get there.
What other people think about your business doesn’t matter. If they do support you that’s great, if not, that’s okay too because you only answer to you. That’s ego.
But you can’t run a business on ego alone, you need the intellect to back it up.
I think of it like this – it’s like your business is a skyscraper. Your ego is the workforce. Your intellect is the foundations. If you want to build the biggest skyscraper in the city you need strong and deep foundations.
If your ego says you’re going to become the biggest name in your industry you better have the intellect to back it up.
The problem is it can often take time for our intellect to catch up to our ego.
That’s why so many businesses fail early on, and it’s why so many successful start-up owners have tried and failed in previous ventures.
So what can you do?
You have to learn as much as you can about the industry you’re passionate for.
You have to be dedicated to your vision for your business and know that you will get there one day.
And most importantly of all, you have to keep believing in yourself and listening to your ego.
It’s easy early on for your ego to be damaged. Mistakes are made, accidents happen. This is all part of business.
For a lot of people though they take this as a sign they’ve been too ego driven, that they’ll never make it, and that they should give up.
This is a mistake – it’s just part of the learning curve of business.
Eventually, you’ll get to the point where your ego and intellect meet, and that’s when you’ll start seeing the results you’ve always dreamed about.
That’s when you start proving to yourself you’re as good as you said you were.
It can be a long road but it’s always worth it in the end.