Three Signs Your Pride Is Getting in the Way of Your Success

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You might be a brand-new entrepreneur who has just started a company. Or a multibillion-dollar organization run by a seasoned executive. Many people desire to hear the words, “I’m proud of you and your accomplishments.” But what if you become fixated on that inspiring phrase? Is it true that all you want from other people is for them to compliment you?

Many psychologists believe that pride is a self-aware emotion that triggers two sorts of emotional responses:

The primary emotion derived from genuine pride is the joy and excitement of completing a personal, financial, or professional goal.

Envy, frustration, and jealousy contribute to hubristic pride, a secondary emotion. The ego and hubris of the first emotion have resulted in this emotion.

Pride has been shown to be a powerful motivator. Some people abuse it, while others make responsible use of it. Taking pleasure in one’s work isn’t always bad for an entrepreneur. It’s fine to be pleased with yourself. On the other side, excessive pride is a problem. There are three disadvantages of having too much pride:

1. Leaving coworkers out

While affirming remarks can boost one’s ego, they can also make people prisoners of their actions, rights, and decisions. An entrepreneur’s pride, for example, may lead them to exclude other executives and board members. As a result, a company’s success may be hampered by its peers’ connections, ideas, and varied perspectives.

Entrepreneurs may abuse their pride by inciting unreasonable behavior. They spend time and effort convincing good employees to go against the company’s more ethical and legal course of action. 

2. Ignoring the need to apologize, even when you know you should.

At times, you may be due an apology, while at other times, you may owe someone an apology. If your pride has blinded you, simply stating “I’m sorry” and admitting that you were wrong in certain situations is likely to have an influence.

It is not the end of the world if you feel someone is accurate. It can be crushing, however, if you cannot apologize and move on after making a mistake.

3. You’re not congratulating your coworker on a job well done.

Overconfident corporate leaders do not applaud their coworkers’ accomplishments. Instead, they have a zero-sum mindset and are jealous of their coworkers’ achievements. Furthermore, they are willing to let someone else triumph in their place so that they can maintain their pride.

This strategy will fail miserably because these people will fall from their lofty perches. The professional’s humiliation may be the most effective treatment. Pride, one of the seven deadly sins, has led many executive executives away from pursuing their personal and professional ambitions.

Shame, on the other hand, is the ultimate equalizer when it comes to pride. Shame is the administrative angel that reminds us to keep our heads down and be grateful for all of our hard work that has led to our success. According to the study, shame is an emotional reaction linked to the desire to retreat from social circumstances. This is because nothing can be done immediately to restore a person’s image and value.

Many business executives, unfortunately, do not have the opportunity to meet their angels until they are forced to pay the price for their arrogance. Unfortunately, it is too late to make right for past wrongdoings; as a result, we must live with the useful lessons from our tainted past.

Shame connects us to our behaviors and signals when we’ve gone too far. When an excess of pride is allowed unchecked, shame is called a heavenly intervention, calling us back from the path of self-destruction.

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Allison Corrigan

I’m Allison and I am human rights activist and LGBTQIA+ defender. I finished my degree graduate studies on Public Administration and I spend most of my free time in contributing written works about community development, public administration and lifestyle.

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