A recent article from TheMuse.com on the, “10 Unexpected Habits of Highly Successful People” caught my attention so I couldn’t help but dive into the list. And what do you know, the very first habit is in perfect alignment with my last post on “saying no”. Read below to find out more about what they call “ego commitment”.
#1 Habit of Highly Successful People: They Eliminate Every “Ego” Commitment
We all do things that have more to do with ego than results.
Maybe you serve on a committee because you like how it looks on your CV. Maybe you teach at a local college because you like the words “adjunct professor.” Or maybe, like me, you do radio interviews just because it seems cool to be on the radio, though it in no way benefits me professionally. (There are a few I would do no matter what just because I like the hosts.)
Anything you do solely for ego is a waste of time. Think about things you do mainly because they make you look important, smart, or cool. If it provides no other “value,” drop it.
Anything you do that serves the greater glory of you is a waste of time; besides, the best glory is reflected, not projected.
– Jeff Haden of Inc.