Written by a sleepy Vinni at 01:30AM, likely to be edited and formatted tomorrow. Wanted to publish it anyway.
Since I published my last article I’ve received some criticism, several emails and messages that seemed to miss the point of what I was trying to say in the post. This is my attempt to make it a little more understandable.
I’ll start off by saying that I’m still just as confident as I’ve always been; be it in myself or in what I’m writing; that hasn’t changed a bit. What has changed, however, is that the last few months have made me a lot more humble (yes, I thank coffee for that, again).
Here’s the thing: there’s nothing wrong with being proud of who you are and what you’ve achieved (and trust me, I am proud). The problem for me starts when we stop seeing room for improvement. There is a negative side to pride, as there is to everything when taken to an extreme. So although we can and should be proud of what we’ve accomplished and of who we are, we should do so while looking ahead, not behind us. We can be proud of what we’ve done only as long as it’s clear how much we still have to do.
My belief is that whenever we do something, we should constantly be looking for a way to do it better next time. Each word we write, conversation we have, mile we run, (and surprise, surprise, I’m gonna go there now) cup of coffee we brew.
“You can always go farther upwards” is a motto I’ve taken into my life and habits. It took me out of my high horse, it made people question if everything was alright with me, but it also made me grow more in two months than I had in a whole year before that. That’s a tradeoff I’m willing to take.