It’s known as one of the seven deadly sins. It can sometimes be synonymous with hubris, a trait leading to many deaths in Greek mythology. Some religions believe pride is the devil’s work.
I think it’s the opposite.
Developing great work
Great works of marketing, literature, and speech often come from pride. Sure, hard work plays a large role. But folks who are known as social media giants, elite athletes, or powerful orators are all proud of themselves and their accomplishments.
Instead of “hey, look at me!”, the proud think, “hey, I’m looking inside and I want this to be awesome!”
Another way to look at it: pride comes from creation. In the 2000 film “Finding Forrester,” the character of William Forrester claims that he didn’t write his novel for them (critics), but for himself.
This creation needn’t be a physical item. Everyday folks can take pride in their:
- home, by keeping rooms clean,
- car or workspace, by doing the same,
- wardrobe, by taking care of their garments,
- community, by volunteering time,
- health, by exercising regularly, or
- artistic development through music, dance, and expression.
It may be one of the seven deadly sins, but pride provides the one outlet that makes me tick. Why are you proud?