it doesn’t matter how talented you are…

[The following is a passage from Ryan Holiday’s Ego Is The Enemy. I must admit, it sounds like this guy is sitting across the table, speaking directly to me. I need to meditate on this, and think some other folks will find it compelling as well…  -k]

how great your connections are

or how much money you have

when you want to do something

something big and important and meaningful

you’ll be subjected to treatment

ranging from indifference

to outright sabotage

COUNT ON IT

in this scenario ego is the exact opposite of what is needed

who can afford to be jerked around by impulses

or believe that you’re god’s gift to humanity

or too important to put up with anything you don’t like

those who have subdued their ego

understand that it doesn’t degrade YOU

when others treat you poorly

it degrades THEM

up ahead there will be sleights

dismissals

little fuck you’s

one-sided compromises

you’ll get yelled at

you’ll have to work behind the scenes

to salvage what should have been easy

all of this will make you ANGRY

this will make you want to fight back

this will make you want to say

I AM BETTER THAN THIS

I DESERVE MORE

of course you’ll want to throw it in other people’s faces

worse

you’ll want to GET in other people’s faces

people who don’t deserve

the respect

recognition

or rewards they are getting

in fact these people will often get perks

INSTEAD of you

when someone doesn’t reckon you

with the seriousness that you like

the impulse is

to correct them

 

as we all wish to say

DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?

you’ll want to remind them

of what they forgot

your ego screams for you to indulge it

instead

you must do NOTHING

TAKE IT

eat it until you’re sick

endure it

quietly brush it off

and work harder

play the game

ignore the noise

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

do not let it distract you