By Christi Rains
“Pride goeth before destruction…” ~ Proverbs 16:18
Some of us have heard this quote as “Pride goes before a fall.” Regardless of the exact wording, the sentiment is the same … don’t let your pride cause you to make bad decisions.
Like most characteristics, pride is good in moderation. Ego is good in moderation. Confidence is good – you get the drift. As a small business owner our ego and pride and confidence are essential to success. A person has to have a certain amount of these characteristics in order to believe that they can take their destiny into their own hands. As entrepreneurs, we have done just that.
But beware the double-edged sword. On the one edge is the confidence in your knowledge of an industry, to make good decisions, or the pride in your skills to know you can take on a certain client. It’s this part of your ego that helps to grow business, take smart risks, and move forward when others say stop. This is the edge that cuts your path forward to the life and business you dream of.
It’s the other edge that is dangerous, and can cut away what you’ve worked so hard to build. Too much pride, confidence and ego can lead to poor decisions, over-estimations of your abilities and refusal to seek help. So often it is our ego that deceives us from looking at the truth and admitting our weaknesses. We become embarrassed to ask for help because we don’t want others to see our mistakes. Our pride and confidence that had lead us to take bold steps, also has the potential to lead us over the edge.
How do you avoid these pitfalls? Involve others; keep your friends and family in the loop. You don’t have to follow their advice, but you never know when you may find a nugget in there to help you. Second, seek professional help from the start. Recognize that if you’re doing EVERYTHING, something will be done poorly. Get help for the things you struggle with, and find trusted advisors to support you. Professionals are here for assistance, it’s why they are in business. Please, don’t be too embarrassed to ask for help; we’ve all been there.