Talent is God-given, be humble. Fame is man-given, be thankful. Conceit is self-given, be careful.
This saying is often attributed to the famous college basketball coach John Wooden. I love the quote. But I have a different way of talking about conceit in my speeches. If you think you’re indispensable, I tell my audiences, stick your finger in a bowl of water and watch the hole it leaves when you pull it out.
Throughout my career, I have observed what happens when heads swell and egos exceed capacity. The “me-first” attitude is met with “not-you-again” resistance, and suddenly you stop being effective. Ego stops you from getting things done and getting people to work with you. That's why I firmly believe that ego and success are not compatible.
No "I" in Entrepreneur
There are plenty of examples of what I mean. Sara Blakely of Spanx cold-called retailers to pitch her then-unheard-of shaping panty hose. Shouldn't a CEO be too proud to do that? She wasn't—and now she's reportedly worth a billion dollars. Gary Vaynerchuk answered every email from customers of the Wine Library. "Do you know how much fun it is to answer the 68,000th email asking me what wine goes with fish?" he told Inc. "It ... [the rest is unprintable, but you get the idea, and you can watch Vaynerchuk here, if you must.]" But Vaynerchuk understood that his customers were the ones who would make his succeed or fail, not him.
There is no shame in taking pride in achievements or position. But nobody gets to the top alone. It’s only lonely at the top if you forget all the people you met along the way and fail to acknowledge their contributions to your success.
Then there’s the story about the self-important chief executive officer who arrived at the hotel ballroom where his company's annual meeting was being held, only to be stopped at the door by a burly uniformed guard.
"Just wait here," said the guard, "until I check the list."
"But," sputtered the CEO, "don't you know who I am?"
"No, sir," said the guard, "but I will go and find out and let you know." I can tell you right now who the fellow is – a person whose universe is very small, because it has no room for others.
What Do You See in Fosdick's Mirror?
“A person completely wrapped up in himself makes a small package,” wrote Harry Emerson Fosdick, an American clergyman. “The great day comes when a man begins to get himself off his hands. He has lived, let us say, in a mind like a room surrounded by mirrors.
“Every way he turned he saw himself. Now, however, some of the mirrors change to windows. He can see through them to objective outlooks that challenge his interests. He begins to get out of himself – no longer the prisoner of self-reflections but a free man in a world where persons, causes, truths, and values exist, worthful for their own sakes. Thus to pass from a mirror-mind to a mind with windows is an essential element in the development of a real personality. Without that experience no one ever achieves a meaningful life.”
Think of it this way: When business is good, who gets the credit? When the chips are down, whom do you blame? Start by looking in Fosdick’s mirror! If you see only yourself, keep looking. Look closely, and see if you don’t recognize people who shaped you as a young child, throughout your education, and at every step in your career. The list of people I see in Fosdick's mirror is very long. I am fortunate that these people cared enough to provide me with a reality check when they saw me getting a little too big for my britches.
Mackay’s Moral: Conceit is a strange disease. It makes everyone sick except the person who’s got it.
Man is the greatest threat to mankind
In todays world man is against man himself. We fight wars and put bombs all over the world. The actions of man will result in the ultimate destruction of mankind itself.We cut doen trees for our own selfinsh needs which result in an ecological imbalance leading to extinction of various species of living organisnms.
Consequences to our actions
We know that human's faults are bringing down life as we know it. People losing their jobs, politics, war, even climate change is all being affected by man's actions. Without man's "ingenious" ideas that seem to be ruining everyone's life, we would hardly have any problems to talk about! Man is definitely his own worst problem.
Of course we're the biggest problem.
Like I said, of course man is his own worst enemy. Human kind is what is going to cause the destruction of the world. We waste our resources, we have no care for other beings on this planet, and besides that, every time you turn around a new war is springing up either over land or religion. We can't even get along! Man is still questioning things like gay marriage, which is ridiculous.
If humankind still argues over who you can love then I believe it is undeniable that we are going to destroy ourselves. We are the worst problem because we are the ones CAUSING all the problems.
Man is for the most part blind to his own faults
It is our nature to avoid self criticism. None of us wants to acknowledge our pride or our greed, rather we hang on to an illusory overestimation of ourselves in the vain self deceit of our pride, holding then ourselves in the prison of selfish arrogance and imagined goodness. Our freedom lies in the humble acknowledgement of our own wretchedness. This is the brokenness we bring to the cross in appeal to God for our freedom and healing. Blessed be God for His answer to our imminent need.