Your Ego is a powerful personal driver. However, Ego often deludes us into thinking we are more important than we really are. When you begin to believe you are better, smarter, and more important than others, your work / life balance becomes threatened.
Below are 8 facts about Ego that everyone should know.
- You are not as important as you think you are. There are others that can do your job. When you begin to think that you're the only one that can do something, you block others from stepping in to help. You, in turn, work endless hours to ensure everything is done properly. This is a negative work / life balance.
- There are others who are smarter than you, and that's okay. You don't need to constantly have all the answers. It is perfectly acceptable to ask questions and be open to other's suggestions. Collaboration is part of the game.
- To that note, your boss doesn't always need to know the answer to your questions. Oftentimes I hear the argument, 'He/She doesn't even know how to do what I do.' In some scenarios that may be an issue, but in most, your boss doesn't need to know the intricacies of your day-to-day job. For instance, your CEO doesn't need to know every individual task associated with an internal process. She just needs to understand how the outputs of that process fit into the bigger business plan.
- Asking others for help is not weakness, it's a strength. It shows that you trust others to do great work. Proper work dissemination is a shared skill that you'll find in most respected leaders.
- No one will remember or care how long you worked on something. It's the impact of the work that you did that will stick around. Stop bragging about working 60 hours per week. That's not something you should be proud of. I often notice myself telling people how long I have worked as a means of venting some frustration. But no one needs to hear it.
- Busy ≠ Important. I run into a lot of people who are always TOO busy. At times, I feel I am too busy. When I start to feel that way, I start to look for things I can disseminate to others. Remember, a sign of a good employee is the ability to identify your own limitations.
- Stop telling others how busy you are. It's annoying and people don't care. Stop wasting your time talking about it and start spending your time on correcting it.
- Not taking time off ≠ a harder worker. Stop bragging about how you don't use your vacation time. Individuals who do not use the allotted vacation time often burn out more quickly. So in the long run, you're only hurting yourself and ultimately the company you work for. Take the time off. It's what it's there for. When you look back on life, you'll regret not taking it. You do not owe your company 100% of your time.
Remember, nobody's perfect. After writing this post I and can honestly say that I am guilty of doing at least 2-3 of these things in the past week. I am actively working on improving on the above list. It's tough, the Ego is a strong force to deal with, but over-time you will be able to overcome and take back some time for the more important things in life.
What do you think of the list? Do you agree? Are there things you find yourself doing? Let me know in the comments!