Monday Morning Motivation | The Problem With Pride

Posted by Bill Esteb on Oct 29th 2022

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Scripture warns that "pride comes before the fall."

Pride can impair the success we seek. It shows up in many ways.

Not invented here. Reinventing the wheel is a common manifestation of pride. An I-know-best attitude often means the project will turn out only as good as we are. However, all of us are better than one of us.

Refusing to ask for help. "I've got this." Yes, and you could probably do your taxes or change your car's oil. But that's rarely the highest and best use of your time. Know when to seek a professional.

Fear of appearing weak. For many, asking for help is seen as a flaw or a sign of incompetence—something many avoid at all cost.

Just as you feel affirmed helping a patient with a particularly vexing problem, make sure pride doesn't prevent you from creating a similar opportunity for others.

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Bill Esteb has been a chiropractic patient and advocate since 1981. He is the creative director of Patient Media and the co-founder of Perfect Patients. He’s been a regular speaker at chiropractic gatherings since 1985. His 12 books explore the doctor/patient relationship from a patient's point of view. His chiropractic blog, in-office consultations, patient focus groups and consulting calls have helped hundreds of chiropractors around the world. Since 1999 Monday Morning Motivation has been emailed to over 10,000 subscribers each week.