Tag: Ego pitfalls

  • Creativity Requires A Quiet Ego

    Creativity Requires A Quiet Ego

    “Creativity and ego cannot go together. If you free yourself from the comparing and jealous mind, your creativity opens up endlessly. Just as water springs from a fountain, creativity springs from every moment. You must not be your own obstacle.You must not be owned by the environment you are in. You must own the environment,…

  • Creativity Works: Lose that giant ego

    Creativity Works: Lose that giant ego

    Of all the bad traits that have the potential to damage your career or prevent you from earning respect from your peers, a giant ego could be the worst. Just to be clear, I’m not talking about confidence here, I’m talking about an exaggerated sense of self-importance. Confidence says, “I’m valuable,” while ego says, “I’m…

  • At the Intersection of Ego and Creativity

    At the Intersection of Ego and Creativity

    Trust me. This article addresses the role of ego in creativity. But before I get into the heart of that discussion, let’s pretend this is Psychology 101. Had that class already? Alright then, consider this a refresher course. Dr. Sigmund Freud came to conclusions that forever altered our understanding of the mind, conscious and unconscious. Love…

  • Why the Creative Process is threatening to your Ego

    Why the Creative Process is threatening to your Ego

    Steven Pressfield explained remarkably well why a life of distraction and hedonism is so appealing and easy. The creative “has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He has to know how to be miserable because this is war and war is hell.” Being original and creative daily comes with its fair share…

  • Why Ego is The Greatest Opponent to Your Creativity

    Why Ego is The Greatest Opponent to Your Creativity

    We all have goals: We want to matter. We want to be important. We want to have freedom and power to pursue our creative work. We want respect from our peers and recognition for our accomplishments. Not out of vanity or selfishness, but of an earnest desire to fulfill our personal potential. While we hold…

  • Why Quieting the Ego Strengthens Your Best Self

    Why Quieting the Ego Strengthens Your Best Self

    We live in some times. On the one hand, things are better than they’ve ever been. Overall rates of violence, poverty, and disease are down. There have been substantial increases in education, longevity, leisure time, and safety. On the other hand… We are more divided than ever as a species. Tribalism and identity politics are…

  • How Your Ego Sabotages Your Creativity

    How Your Ego Sabotages Your Creativity

    An inflated ego can surface in the most subtle ways. Know the difference between confidence and arrogance so you can do your best creative work. One of the most destructive of creative sins is an over-inflated ego. When many people hear the word “ego,” they immediately think of the know-it-all manager charging into the room…