As you know, I’m working on my next book. Right now it’s a chapter with a intriguing premise: that ego is good.
There is a fascinating section in The Master Key to Riches where Napoleon Hill lists the items required from the periodic table of elements to construct the human body, and estimates what it would cost to buy them. Even with today’s inflated prices, you can probably still replace yourself with less than twenty bucks.
Or at least that housing that you’re walking around in. So what really separates you, from that $20 worth of ingredients from the science supply store?
I would say consciousness, which leads us to a yet even more fascinating question: What makes us conscious of consciousness?
Your ego is what separates you from all the elements that make up your physical body. Yet conventional wisdom says the ego is bad. Ego has been characterized as everything from “Edging God Out,” to running amok, to actually being the devil.
Yet when you look at Hill’s magnum opus, Think and Grow Rich, a captivating realization jumps out at you: The people he did his powerful twenty-year study on, the most successful people in the world – all had strong egos.
From Ford to Firestone, Wrigley to Wannamaker, Alexander Graham Bell to Edison, Charles Schwab to Andrew Carnegie, Woolworth to Rockefeller – these were powerful, strong-willed, confident people. People with healthy egos.
Fast forward to some of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Cuban, Richard Branson, Meg Whitman, Michael Dell, Ross Perot, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, and Carly Fiorina.
Have you ever heard any of them accusing of being egoless?
So what do you think? Is the ego good or bad? How do we harness it for good? Please share your thought below.