How important is ego to realizing success? How successful can one be without an inflated sense of self? Furthermore, is an overbearing personality a typical by-product of notable talent?
Talent and ego are certainly related. Having one without the other is rare. When someone is said to have a huge ego, it is never complimentary. But no ego is far worse; it can mean no personality. It means to be passed over, ignored by those either with more talent or bigger egos.
Ego is an important tool to achieving success. It is the simple act of selling one’s self-perspective to others. Some amount of ego is necessary to prove to others your ideas are valid or interesting. It’s a fine line though, and crossing it means to become arrogant in the minds of one’s peers. To name a few who not only step over the line, but spit on it: Simon Cowell, Steve Jobs, Kanye West, Terrel Owens (and most professional athletes for that matter). [Semi-related, iPhone owners revealed to be materialistic, fickle, egomaniacs]
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