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Posted By: Randy GageJune 20, 2012

Great discussion started on the last post about ego.  If we leave the world of entrepreneurs and look at politics, sports, or even the arts, we see the same pattern:  High-level achievers have a strong ego.  You can make a pretty convincing argument that a powerful ego is required for powerful success.

Yes, we all know people with an inflated sense of self, but that’s not what the ego really is.  When you're openly talking about your greatness and reminding everybody how amazing you are, that’s an ego running out of control.  And it’s not because they’re cocky. In reality it's just the opposite.  Narcissism comes from insecurity.  Someone who is always boasting about himself or herself to convey confidence is actually insecure.  It means that they don't have a healthy ego and they act that way to hide their fears.

People with a strong, well-balanced ego want to be great.  They just don’t have to brag about it or look for validation from others.  People with strong egos are usually their own strongest critics and drive themselves fiercely.  They see stepping into their greatness as part of their assignment.  Their life is about is getting to that next level of greatness, and they're okay to be recognized for that. They don't make it all about them, and certainly they get involved in service and contribution, as we’ll discuss in a moment.  But a healthy ego is necessary for success and prosperity.

To really step into your true potential and do something epic – you must lose the perception that ego is about vanity or self-love and instead understand the real ego is the part of your mind that controls consciousness.  Let me suggest something that will cause consternation with some, but I absolutely know to be true:

The desire to be great and to be recognized for being great is healthy.

- RG

34 comments on “Being Great”

  1. Great stuff Randy. I have not heard it put this way about Ego. After reading this post I will look at ego a different way. I did not realize that it was the GOOD of my ego that drives me on. I also like the last sentence.  it rings true. I hate meeting new people but I LOVE speaking on stage the more the better. Saying hello to someone I don't know scares me but I did it every day for many years because I wanted the reward.

  2. Great stuff Randy. I have not heard it put this way about Ego. After reading this post I will look at ego a different way. I did not realize that it was the GOOD of my ego that drives me on. I also like the last sentence.  it rings true. I hate meeting new people but I LOVE speaking on stage the more the better. Saying hello to someone I don't know scares me but I did it every day for many years because I wanted the reward.

  3. Great distinctions Randy... I usually associate big egos with obnoxious boors who are always talking about how great they are.. once worked at a mag where the boss talked non stop about himself, insulting everyone else, got revenge on him when I got a letter printed about him when the only long time employee told him, "you're the reason nobody likes working here." which everyone in the industry read and laughed their ass off...

  4. Great distinctions Randy... I usually associate big egos with obnoxious boors who are always talking about how great they are.. once worked at a mag where the boss talked non stop about himself, insulting everyone else, got revenge on him when I got a letter printed about him when the only long time employee told him, "you're the reason nobody likes working here." which everyone in the industry read and laughed their ass off...

  5. The EGO is a dear subject of study for me because I believe it's the root of both greatness and darkness in the World.
     
    I loved your post about it and I just wanted to share a simple thing about the final phrase.
     
    "The desire to be great and to be recognized for being great is healthy."
     
    The desire to be great, for me, is our Life's mission. I believe that we're born to become great and that Life is the journey we must master in order do become all that we can be.
     
    Now, as far as the second part of the phrase is concerned, who we choose to hold the power to recognize our greatness determines how high we can lead, not only our lives but also the lives we touch.
     
    We can discover what our Ego looks like by answering two questions:
    1) "Who am I?" -> being great is living Life true to the answer of this question.
    2) "Whose am I" -> this question is related to the second part of your phrase. 
     
    If you choose to answer: people (fathers; bosses; mentors; the World) you're giving them the power to determine your self-worth. That's why we see self-serving desperately striving for recognition. Why? Because they believe that who they are is a function of how much money they make; the power and status of their position; the opinion of others.
     
    Now, I wonder what would happen if we didn't need the recognition of others to be great. Maybe that's why there's extraordinary people doing amazing things right now, and we don't even know they're names.
    They're doing great things not for the reward but because that's who they are. The reward for them is becoming great by doing work that makes meaning and that ultimately changes the World.
     
    For me personally, I choose to be great and to be recognized as great in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. That's just my way of living. 🙂
    Thank you Randy for sharing your thoughts about this and by doing so, reminding me of who I am.
     
     

  6. The EGO is a dear subject of study for me because I believe it's the root of both greatness and darkness in the World.
     
    I loved your post about it and I just wanted to share a simple thing about the final phrase.
     
    "The desire to be great and to be recognized for being great is healthy."
     
    The desire to be great, for me, is our Life's mission. I believe that we're born to become great and that Life is the journey we must master in order do become all that we can be.
     
    Now, as far as the second part of the phrase is concerned, who we choose to hold the power to recognize our greatness determines how high we can lead, not only our lives but also the lives we touch.
     
    We can discover what our Ego looks like by answering two questions:
    1) "Who am I?" -> being great is living Life true to the answer of this question.
    2) "Whose am I" -> this question is related to the second part of your phrase. 
     
    If you choose to answer: people (fathers; bosses; mentors; the World) you're giving them the power to determine your self-worth. That's why we see self-serving desperately striving for recognition. Why? Because they believe that who they are is a function of how much money they make; the power and status of their position; the opinion of others.
     
    Now, I wonder what would happen if we didn't need the recognition of others to be great. Maybe that's why there's extraordinary people doing amazing things right now, and we don't even know they're names.
    They're doing great things not for the reward but because that's who they are. The reward for them is becoming great by doing work that makes meaning and that ultimately changes the World.
     
    For me personally, I choose to be great and to be recognized as great in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. That's just my way of living. 🙂
    Thank you Randy for sharing your thoughts about this and by doing so, reminding me of who I am.
     
     

  7. Music and the arts in general are very much about ego. In fact, a good performance or work gets us lost in the ego of the creator/performer. The same is true of any great product or business. My desire is to move people with music. It is what I am wired for, although I do have technical and entrepreneurial sides as well, but they're more of a support system for the creative self.While at 30, I am  "too old" and "living a pipedream",etc. I practice everyday, and have been learning as much as possible about production, etc.I don't think I will ever know enough about songwriting, mixing, and sound programming, or the business end of things.I'm happy about that. It means there is always something new to learn- new techniques to try.What is encouraging is about half of this year's Grammy nominees were either self-releasing or signed to smaller, independent labels which usually are a bit more open to taking risks. Not that the big labels don't do some things very well or release good music. Of course they do! But, they don't take as many risks. Therein lies the problem- the next big thing could be brewing somewhere in a dorm room, or dive bar or in a forum online.After all, working with someone who is 30 is far riskier than working with someone who is a teenager or in their early 20s, as youth is far easier to market. Thank goodness for the Internet- it's a way to connect with people, and get around the gatekeepers.I figured the best way to go about this would be to reach people who are more willing to take risks- like young people of college age, fans of electronic music, and people who just love to try something new.Even if this is foolhardy and "too risky", I can live with putting in the effort, even if I fail spectacularly.At least I had the courage to overlook the odds and ignore the dreamkillers and soulstealers.

  8. Music and the arts in general are very much about ego. In fact, a good performance or work gets us lost in the ego of the creator/performer. The same is true of any great product or business. My desire is to move people with music. It is what I am wired for, although I do have technical and entrepreneurial sides as well, but they're more of a support system for the creative self.While at 30, I am  "too old" and "living a pipedream",etc. I practice everyday, and have been learning as much as possible about production, etc.I don't think I will ever know enough about songwriting, mixing, and sound programming, or the business end of things.I'm happy about that. It means there is always something new to learn- new techniques to try.What is encouraging is about half of this year's Grammy nominees were either self-releasing or signed to smaller, independent labels which usually are a bit more open to taking risks. Not that the big labels don't do some things very well or release good music. Of course they do! But, they don't take as many risks. Therein lies the problem- the next big thing could be brewing somewhere in a dorm room, or dive bar or in a forum online.After all, working with someone who is 30 is far riskier than working with someone who is a teenager or in their early 20s, as youth is far easier to market. Thank goodness for the Internet- it's a way to connect with people, and get around the gatekeepers.I figured the best way to go about this would be to reach people who are more willing to take risks- like young people of college age, fans of electronic music, and people who just love to try something new.Even if this is foolhardy and "too risky", I can live with putting in the effort, even if I fail spectacularly.At least I had the courage to overlook the odds and ignore the dreamkillers and soulstealers.

  9. Amen!!!........on the other hand a desire to be small and insignificant is well ( insert many adjectives here)NOBODY on earth truly desires to be less than there fellow man on purpose.

  10. Amen!!!........on the other hand a desire to be small and insignificant is well ( insert many adjectives here)NOBODY on earth truly desires to be less than there fellow man on purpose.

  11. Randy,
    The photo you've chosen made me think of someone, while he may have his critics and issues, has an amazing ego/attitude when it comes to excellence: Tiger Woods.  His "I can win" and "finding positives" from his play, even when it's not the very best, has made him a force to be recognized.  Interestingly enough, this past weekend, when he played in the US Open, you could see how his strong mentality helped his first two days.  I literally saw a break-down of that, and that is what I feel caused him not to win.  Thank you Randy.  I enjoy your dialogue and how it is helping me to grow.  Have an awesome day!
    John

  12. Randy,
    The photo you've chosen made me think of someone, while he may have his critics and issues, has an amazing ego/attitude when it comes to excellence: Tiger Woods.  His "I can win" and "finding positives" from his play, even when it's not the very best, has made him a force to be recognized.  Interestingly enough, this past weekend, when he played in the US Open, you could see how his strong mentality helped his first two days.  I literally saw a break-down of that, and that is what I feel caused him not to win.  Thank you Randy.  I enjoy your dialogue and how it is helping me to grow.  Have an awesome day!
    John

  13. As Mel Brooks said in "History of the World, Part II"... "It's GOOD to be da King!!.." Sorry, but humor is equally as important as purpose and drive to greatness. If we can't laugh at life and ourselves at times, where's the joy?
     
    And yes Randy, I wholeheartedly agree with your statement.  Recognition is very important as is gratitude. When we truly achieve the greatness we're capable of, we MUST be recognized as having brought value to the world and made a difference. A life that's purpose driven. 

  14. As Mel Brooks said in "History of the World, Part II"... "It's GOOD to be da King!!.." Sorry, but humor is equally as important as purpose and drive to greatness. If we can't laugh at life and ourselves at times, where's the joy?
     
    And yes Randy, I wholeheartedly agree with your statement.  Recognition is very important as is gratitude. When we truly achieve the greatness we're capable of, we MUST be recognized as having brought value to the world and made a difference. A life that's purpose driven. 

  15. Agree. But "others" are still needed. Because you can't know if you are great when you don't have anybody to compare yourself with. Or can you? I mean you'll be great among athlets if you lift 5 your weights but you won't be a hero among ants

  16. Agree. But "others" are still needed. Because you can't know if you are great when you don't have anybody to compare yourself with. Or can you? I mean you'll be great among athlets if you lift 5 your weights but you won't be a hero among ants

  17. "Someone who is always boasting about himself or herself to convey confidence is actually insecure.  It means that they don’t have a healthy ego and they act that way to hide their fears."
     
    Nail on head!

  18. "Someone who is always boasting about himself or herself to convey confidence is actually insecure.  It means that they don’t have a healthy ego and they act that way to hide their fears."
     
    Nail on head!

  19. Intriguing discussion about “ego.”
     
    First—anyone who wants a historical description of what “ego” means can go to Wikipedia.  Freud originally coined the term “das Ich,”  (The I), which his followers later changed to “ego,”  the Latin pronoun for I.
     
    OK, OK--- I’ll get off my “college professor’s”  soapbox now and get to the heart of the matter. 
     
    In our common parlance,  EGO  might be seen as a strong sense of Self Reference,  compared to Other Reference.  A person with strong  Self Reference sees the world in their own way and makes their judgments/plans according to how THEY see the world.
     
    A person who comes from Other Reference is not confident about their own perceptions, and so is always asking someone else—“Is this OK?”  “Do you think I should do this or that?”  “What do YOU think?”   etc.
     
    So Ego—a strong sense of self-reference--conveys a more powerful  personality, decisiveness, influence over others, etc. IMO, Ego can be deployed for good OR evil, depending on the individual’s value system. Certainly the most despicable tyrants in history all seemed to have strong egos, as did the greatest philanthropists.
     
    In that sense Ego might denote strong sense of self and Personality Power and that power can be deployed for good or evil.
     
    In terms of energy, Ego also comes from a stronger  “cellular voltage”  or bio electricity.
    The great  entrepreneurs, sports figures, politicians all have a  strong Energy aura which allows them to fulfill their goals and influence others. Energy aura is not good or bad—again it depends on to what ends it is deployed. A person with a weak cellular voltage usually has very limited Personality Power.
     
    Maybe “ego” is a combination of strong Self Reference and  personal bio-electricity.
     
    My 2 cents for this morning…….
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  20. Intriguing discussion about “ego.”
     
    First—anyone who wants a historical description of what “ego” means can go to Wikipedia.  Freud originally coined the term “das Ich,”  (The I), which his followers later changed to “ego,”  the Latin pronoun for I.
     
    OK, OK--- I’ll get off my “college professor’s”  soapbox now and get to the heart of the matter. 
     
    In our common parlance,  EGO  might be seen as a strong sense of Self Reference,  compared to Other Reference.  A person with strong  Self Reference sees the world in their own way and makes their judgments/plans according to how THEY see the world.
     
    A person who comes from Other Reference is not confident about their own perceptions, and so is always asking someone else—“Is this OK?”  “Do you think I should do this or that?”  “What do YOU think?”   etc.
     
    So Ego—a strong sense of self-reference--conveys a more powerful  personality, decisiveness, influence over others, etc. IMO, Ego can be deployed for good OR evil, depending on the individual’s value system. Certainly the most despicable tyrants in history all seemed to have strong egos, as did the greatest philanthropists.
     
    In that sense Ego might denote strong sense of self and Personality Power and that power can be deployed for good or evil.
     
    In terms of energy, Ego also comes from a stronger  “cellular voltage”  or bio electricity.
    The great  entrepreneurs, sports figures, politicians all have a  strong Energy aura which allows them to fulfill their goals and influence others. Energy aura is not good or bad—again it depends on to what ends it is deployed. A person with a weak cellular voltage usually has very limited Personality Power.
     
    Maybe “ego” is a combination of strong Self Reference and  personal bio-electricity.
     
    My 2 cents for this morning…….
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

  21. Value ourselves enough to be all we can be. "They see stepping into their greatness as part of their assignment." I like that. ~ Bess

  22. Value ourselves enough to be all we can be. "They see stepping into their greatness as part of their assignment." I like that. ~ Bess

  23. Thank you for this positive perspective about the ego. Sometimes we are encouraged to fight against, deny or trascend it..... but  the ego is part of ourselves too!!!

  24. Thank you for this positive perspective about the ego. Sometimes we are encouraged to fight against, deny or trascend it..... but  the ego is part of ourselves too!!!

  25. With Facebook, it becomes obvious who are the insecure ones, when every post is about how much they make, or how they screwed a client. 

  26. With Facebook, it becomes obvious who are the insecure ones, when every post is about how much they make, or how they screwed a client. 

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  • 34 comments on “Being Great”

    1. Great stuff Randy. I have not heard it put this way about Ego. After reading this post I will look at ego a different way. I did not realize that it was the GOOD of my ego that drives me on. I also like the last sentence.  it rings true. I hate meeting new people but I LOVE speaking on stage the more the better. Saying hello to someone I don't know scares me but I did it every day for many years because I wanted the reward.

    2. Great stuff Randy. I have not heard it put this way about Ego. After reading this post I will look at ego a different way. I did not realize that it was the GOOD of my ego that drives me on. I also like the last sentence.  it rings true. I hate meeting new people but I LOVE speaking on stage the more the better. Saying hello to someone I don't know scares me but I did it every day for many years because I wanted the reward.

    3. Great distinctions Randy... I usually associate big egos with obnoxious boors who are always talking about how great they are.. once worked at a mag where the boss talked non stop about himself, insulting everyone else, got revenge on him when I got a letter printed about him when the only long time employee told him, "you're the reason nobody likes working here." which everyone in the industry read and laughed their ass off...

    4. Great distinctions Randy... I usually associate big egos with obnoxious boors who are always talking about how great they are.. once worked at a mag where the boss talked non stop about himself, insulting everyone else, got revenge on him when I got a letter printed about him when the only long time employee told him, "you're the reason nobody likes working here." which everyone in the industry read and laughed their ass off...

    5. The EGO is a dear subject of study for me because I believe it's the root of both greatness and darkness in the World.
       
      I loved your post about it and I just wanted to share a simple thing about the final phrase.
       
      "The desire to be great and to be recognized for being great is healthy."
       
      The desire to be great, for me, is our Life's mission. I believe that we're born to become great and that Life is the journey we must master in order do become all that we can be.
       
      Now, as far as the second part of the phrase is concerned, who we choose to hold the power to recognize our greatness determines how high we can lead, not only our lives but also the lives we touch.
       
      We can discover what our Ego looks like by answering two questions:
      1) "Who am I?" -> being great is living Life true to the answer of this question.
      2) "Whose am I" -> this question is related to the second part of your phrase. 
       
      If you choose to answer: people (fathers; bosses; mentors; the World) you're giving them the power to determine your self-worth. That's why we see self-serving desperately striving for recognition. Why? Because they believe that who they are is a function of how much money they make; the power and status of their position; the opinion of others.
       
      Now, I wonder what would happen if we didn't need the recognition of others to be great. Maybe that's why there's extraordinary people doing amazing things right now, and we don't even know they're names.
      They're doing great things not for the reward but because that's who they are. The reward for them is becoming great by doing work that makes meaning and that ultimately changes the World.
       
      For me personally, I choose to be great and to be recognized as great in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. That's just my way of living. 🙂
      Thank you Randy for sharing your thoughts about this and by doing so, reminding me of who I am.
       
       

    6. The EGO is a dear subject of study for me because I believe it's the root of both greatness and darkness in the World.
       
      I loved your post about it and I just wanted to share a simple thing about the final phrase.
       
      "The desire to be great and to be recognized for being great is healthy."
       
      The desire to be great, for me, is our Life's mission. I believe that we're born to become great and that Life is the journey we must master in order do become all that we can be.
       
      Now, as far as the second part of the phrase is concerned, who we choose to hold the power to recognize our greatness determines how high we can lead, not only our lives but also the lives we touch.
       
      We can discover what our Ego looks like by answering two questions:
      1) "Who am I?" -> being great is living Life true to the answer of this question.
      2) "Whose am I" -> this question is related to the second part of your phrase. 
       
      If you choose to answer: people (fathers; bosses; mentors; the World) you're giving them the power to determine your self-worth. That's why we see self-serving desperately striving for recognition. Why? Because they believe that who they are is a function of how much money they make; the power and status of their position; the opinion of others.
       
      Now, I wonder what would happen if we didn't need the recognition of others to be great. Maybe that's why there's extraordinary people doing amazing things right now, and we don't even know they're names.
      They're doing great things not for the reward but because that's who they are. The reward for them is becoming great by doing work that makes meaning and that ultimately changes the World.
       
      For me personally, I choose to be great and to be recognized as great in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. That's just my way of living. 🙂
      Thank you Randy for sharing your thoughts about this and by doing so, reminding me of who I am.
       
       

    7. Music and the arts in general are very much about ego. In fact, a good performance or work gets us lost in the ego of the creator/performer. The same is true of any great product or business. My desire is to move people with music. It is what I am wired for, although I do have technical and entrepreneurial sides as well, but they're more of a support system for the creative self.While at 30, I am  "too old" and "living a pipedream",etc. I practice everyday, and have been learning as much as possible about production, etc.I don't think I will ever know enough about songwriting, mixing, and sound programming, or the business end of things.I'm happy about that. It means there is always something new to learn- new techniques to try.What is encouraging is about half of this year's Grammy nominees were either self-releasing or signed to smaller, independent labels which usually are a bit more open to taking risks. Not that the big labels don't do some things very well or release good music. Of course they do! But, they don't take as many risks. Therein lies the problem- the next big thing could be brewing somewhere in a dorm room, or dive bar or in a forum online.After all, working with someone who is 30 is far riskier than working with someone who is a teenager or in their early 20s, as youth is far easier to market. Thank goodness for the Internet- it's a way to connect with people, and get around the gatekeepers.I figured the best way to go about this would be to reach people who are more willing to take risks- like young people of college age, fans of electronic music, and people who just love to try something new.Even if this is foolhardy and "too risky", I can live with putting in the effort, even if I fail spectacularly.At least I had the courage to overlook the odds and ignore the dreamkillers and soulstealers.

    8. Music and the arts in general are very much about ego. In fact, a good performance or work gets us lost in the ego of the creator/performer. The same is true of any great product or business. My desire is to move people with music. It is what I am wired for, although I do have technical and entrepreneurial sides as well, but they're more of a support system for the creative self.While at 30, I am  "too old" and "living a pipedream",etc. I practice everyday, and have been learning as much as possible about production, etc.I don't think I will ever know enough about songwriting, mixing, and sound programming, or the business end of things.I'm happy about that. It means there is always something new to learn- new techniques to try.What is encouraging is about half of this year's Grammy nominees were either self-releasing or signed to smaller, independent labels which usually are a bit more open to taking risks. Not that the big labels don't do some things very well or release good music. Of course they do! But, they don't take as many risks. Therein lies the problem- the next big thing could be brewing somewhere in a dorm room, or dive bar or in a forum online.After all, working with someone who is 30 is far riskier than working with someone who is a teenager or in their early 20s, as youth is far easier to market. Thank goodness for the Internet- it's a way to connect with people, and get around the gatekeepers.I figured the best way to go about this would be to reach people who are more willing to take risks- like young people of college age, fans of electronic music, and people who just love to try something new.Even if this is foolhardy and "too risky", I can live with putting in the effort, even if I fail spectacularly.At least I had the courage to overlook the odds and ignore the dreamkillers and soulstealers.

    9. Amen!!!........on the other hand a desire to be small and insignificant is well ( insert many adjectives here)NOBODY on earth truly desires to be less than there fellow man on purpose.

    10. Amen!!!........on the other hand a desire to be small and insignificant is well ( insert many adjectives here)NOBODY on earth truly desires to be less than there fellow man on purpose.

    11. Randy,
      The photo you've chosen made me think of someone, while he may have his critics and issues, has an amazing ego/attitude when it comes to excellence: Tiger Woods.  His "I can win" and "finding positives" from his play, even when it's not the very best, has made him a force to be recognized.  Interestingly enough, this past weekend, when he played in the US Open, you could see how his strong mentality helped his first two days.  I literally saw a break-down of that, and that is what I feel caused him not to win.  Thank you Randy.  I enjoy your dialogue and how it is helping me to grow.  Have an awesome day!
      John

    12. Randy,
      The photo you've chosen made me think of someone, while he may have his critics and issues, has an amazing ego/attitude when it comes to excellence: Tiger Woods.  His "I can win" and "finding positives" from his play, even when it's not the very best, has made him a force to be recognized.  Interestingly enough, this past weekend, when he played in the US Open, you could see how his strong mentality helped his first two days.  I literally saw a break-down of that, and that is what I feel caused him not to win.  Thank you Randy.  I enjoy your dialogue and how it is helping me to grow.  Have an awesome day!
      John

    13. As Mel Brooks said in "History of the World, Part II"... "It's GOOD to be da King!!.." Sorry, but humor is equally as important as purpose and drive to greatness. If we can't laugh at life and ourselves at times, where's the joy?
       
      And yes Randy, I wholeheartedly agree with your statement.  Recognition is very important as is gratitude. When we truly achieve the greatness we're capable of, we MUST be recognized as having brought value to the world and made a difference. A life that's purpose driven. 

    14. As Mel Brooks said in "History of the World, Part II"... "It's GOOD to be da King!!.." Sorry, but humor is equally as important as purpose and drive to greatness. If we can't laugh at life and ourselves at times, where's the joy?
       
      And yes Randy, I wholeheartedly agree with your statement.  Recognition is very important as is gratitude. When we truly achieve the greatness we're capable of, we MUST be recognized as having brought value to the world and made a difference. A life that's purpose driven. 

    15. Agree. But "others" are still needed. Because you can't know if you are great when you don't have anybody to compare yourself with. Or can you? I mean you'll be great among athlets if you lift 5 your weights but you won't be a hero among ants

    16. Agree. But "others" are still needed. Because you can't know if you are great when you don't have anybody to compare yourself with. Or can you? I mean you'll be great among athlets if you lift 5 your weights but you won't be a hero among ants

    17. "Someone who is always boasting about himself or herself to convey confidence is actually insecure.  It means that they don’t have a healthy ego and they act that way to hide their fears."
       
      Nail on head!

    18. "Someone who is always boasting about himself or herself to convey confidence is actually insecure.  It means that they don’t have a healthy ego and they act that way to hide their fears."
       
      Nail on head!

    19. Intriguing discussion about “ego.”
       
      First—anyone who wants a historical description of what “ego” means can go to Wikipedia.  Freud originally coined the term “das Ich,”  (The I), which his followers later changed to “ego,”  the Latin pronoun for I.
       
      OK, OK--- I’ll get off my “college professor’s”  soapbox now and get to the heart of the matter. 
       
      In our common parlance,  EGO  might be seen as a strong sense of Self Reference,  compared to Other Reference.  A person with strong  Self Reference sees the world in their own way and makes their judgments/plans according to how THEY see the world.
       
      A person who comes from Other Reference is not confident about their own perceptions, and so is always asking someone else—“Is this OK?”  “Do you think I should do this or that?”  “What do YOU think?”   etc.
       
      So Ego—a strong sense of self-reference--conveys a more powerful  personality, decisiveness, influence over others, etc. IMO, Ego can be deployed for good OR evil, depending on the individual’s value system. Certainly the most despicable tyrants in history all seemed to have strong egos, as did the greatest philanthropists.
       
      In that sense Ego might denote strong sense of self and Personality Power and that power can be deployed for good or evil.
       
      In terms of energy, Ego also comes from a stronger  “cellular voltage”  or bio electricity.
      The great  entrepreneurs, sports figures, politicians all have a  strong Energy aura which allows them to fulfill their goals and influence others. Energy aura is not good or bad—again it depends on to what ends it is deployed. A person with a weak cellular voltage usually has very limited Personality Power.
       
      Maybe “ego” is a combination of strong Self Reference and  personal bio-electricity.
       
      My 2 cents for this morning…….
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

    20. Intriguing discussion about “ego.”
       
      First—anyone who wants a historical description of what “ego” means can go to Wikipedia.  Freud originally coined the term “das Ich,”  (The I), which his followers later changed to “ego,”  the Latin pronoun for I.
       
      OK, OK--- I’ll get off my “college professor’s”  soapbox now and get to the heart of the matter. 
       
      In our common parlance,  EGO  might be seen as a strong sense of Self Reference,  compared to Other Reference.  A person with strong  Self Reference sees the world in their own way and makes their judgments/plans according to how THEY see the world.
       
      A person who comes from Other Reference is not confident about their own perceptions, and so is always asking someone else—“Is this OK?”  “Do you think I should do this or that?”  “What do YOU think?”   etc.
       
      So Ego—a strong sense of self-reference--conveys a more powerful  personality, decisiveness, influence over others, etc. IMO, Ego can be deployed for good OR evil, depending on the individual’s value system. Certainly the most despicable tyrants in history all seemed to have strong egos, as did the greatest philanthropists.
       
      In that sense Ego might denote strong sense of self and Personality Power and that power can be deployed for good or evil.
       
      In terms of energy, Ego also comes from a stronger  “cellular voltage”  or bio electricity.
      The great  entrepreneurs, sports figures, politicians all have a  strong Energy aura which allows them to fulfill their goals and influence others. Energy aura is not good or bad—again it depends on to what ends it is deployed. A person with a weak cellular voltage usually has very limited Personality Power.
       
      Maybe “ego” is a combination of strong Self Reference and  personal bio-electricity.
       
      My 2 cents for this morning…….
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       

    21. Value ourselves enough to be all we can be. "They see stepping into their greatness as part of their assignment." I like that. ~ Bess

    22. Value ourselves enough to be all we can be. "They see stepping into their greatness as part of their assignment." I like that. ~ Bess

    23. Thank you for this positive perspective about the ego. Sometimes we are encouraged to fight against, deny or trascend it..... but  the ego is part of ourselves too!!!

    24. Thank you for this positive perspective about the ego. Sometimes we are encouraged to fight against, deny or trascend it..... but  the ego is part of ourselves too!!!

    25. With Facebook, it becomes obvious who are the insecure ones, when every post is about how much they make, or how they screwed a client. 

    26. With Facebook, it becomes obvious who are the insecure ones, when every post is about how much they make, or how they screwed a client. 

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