There’s an endless amount of literature, movies and stories about the ego. Generally speaking, the ego is said to be a great inhibitor to financial and emotional success. Get rid of the ego, and you’ll find eternal bliss.
I’m going to cut to the chase and tell you why this is nonsense. And I’ll tell you how to “sniff out” when you’re ego’s involved, so you can tell him or her to shut the hell up and get on with making some money.
(You can do two things in life: Make money or feed your ego, it’s tough to do both)
Imagine back in the day, when we were cavemen. Nobody had any security except within the group. If you wandered off the reservation, you were a goner.
Within the group, you’re pecking order mattered. If you were high up, you got more food, more sex, and had to deal with less violence.
The lower you were, the more crappy life was.
Our ego, in that context, was an evolved mechanism to make you always looking for “angles” to move up the social ladder. Attention, recognition, popularity, all these made life better, and desire for these were driven by what we now call our “ego.”
It’s very similar to our physical hunger. We are always looking for food. Even when we’ve got a full belly, we can eat more. That’s why so many of us today are overweight. We still have that insatiable desire for food. Try going for a couple days without food, and you’ll see what I mean.
So you can kind of describe ego as the endless desire for social approval and recognition, and physical hunger as the endless desire for more food.
Both can only be satisfied for a short while, before they need to eat again.
Just like you couldn’t do some sort of new age meditation to get rid of your desire for food, the ego is here to stay, despite what all the gurus tell you.
The only way to defeat it is the same way you lose weight. Make conscious decisions about what, when, and how much you eat. You depend on your instincts, and it’s fat city.
With the ego, you have to treat it the same way. Conscious decisions on how you act and behave.
This one question will reveal all:
Is There Any Money In This?
If there isn’t, you’re ego is charge, and he’s feasting.
Up to you what to do next.