BASED ON EXPERIENCE

Great People Have Great Egos — So Should You

Your ego is your silent partner with a controlling interest

Michael Ndubuaku
4 min readMay 15, 2022

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Photo by Brian Stalter on Unsplash

It baffles me when I hear people talk so much about losing their ego. Has it ever crossed your mind that we were given egos for a reason?

All the great people in history had great egos; maybe that’s what made them great.

One of my closest friends back in school, Levi, was an extremely gifted music producer.

He was a humble guy, but to date, I’m still in awe of how he managed to keep his ego in check considering how brilliant he was.

For years, he produced insane beats and it took us a long time to convince him to share them online. He finally agreed to do so — anonymously. Only his close friends knew his work.

When his family moved out of London, he no longer had us dropping by to provide the push and approval he needed.

In the absence of external encouragement, he found his ego.

His work became more versatile and unique. Before long he began sharing his beats using his name everywhere he could. He even started calling himself a genius.

Barely a year or so after leaving school, he signed a contract with arguably the biggest record label in Europe.

Without finding his ego, his work might not have had that extra chutzpah that made it stand out amongst the millions of other beats online.

If that’s what having an ego does for the quality of my creativeness, then I hope to further develop mine.

Life is all about ‘me’

Life becomes easier once you embrace the fact that everything you do, you do for yourself.

I had this conversation with my cousin a while back and it got me thinking. If I stand up for a friend in a fight, am I doing it for the friend, or am I doing it for myself?

I realized the answer is the latter. I’m defending my friend because it speaks badly of me if I don’t.

That mentality applies to everything.

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