Motivational Monday… “Leave Your Ego at the Door."

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Motivational Monday… “Leave Your Ego at the Door."

The Planet Fitness we belonged to had a big sign that said: “Leave your ego at the door.” I’m not sure what they meant but I always took it to mean that we were all there with a similar goal. No one needed to be impressed or meant to egofeel any less by what we could or could not do.


Someone with a healthy ego feels good enough about themselves that they do not need to make those around them feel any less.


The ego that presents an issue is the one that is quite the opposite. We’ve all worked with and for those with these egos.

They’re the ones who run to the spotlight whether deserved or not.

They are the ones who will sacrifice the goal or project if it means someone else getting the credit.


If you are choosing a manager or project leader, a sports coach, or a advice is to look for someone who feels comfortable in their own skin and feels good about who they are.


If they cannot like themselves, they will have an even harder time liking anyone else. The focus on winning or achieving a goal could be overshadowed by the need to make sure they are the ones to get credit.


The way to get things done is not to mind who gets the credit for doing them.   Benjamin Jowett






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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathy Streib - There is a lot of good information about what you provided and some great comments too!

Jun 17, 2019 06:09 PM #27
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Great motivational story and image to go along with it.  Have a wonderful week ahead.

Jun 17, 2019 08:56 PM #28
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

I have no ego, it left a long time ago.  Just get the job done, I rarely take credit for anything. 

Jun 18, 2019 02:14 AM #29
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I like the way you described the ego situation. A healthy ego is wonderful. A me-me-me ego can be destructive.

Jun 18, 2019 03:46 AM #30
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Kathy, that is great advice, especially in a gym and a Real Estate forum! 

Jun 18, 2019 04:22 AM #31
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

Food for thought!!  Thanks, Kathy

This is a Greek word which simply means: Me.

It can't always be about Me but as my Dad told me often, "look out for number one".

Jun 18, 2019 04:43 AM #32
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

A great post and very true, also those with small egos are willing to share the limelight and always willing to promote others to have the limelight.

Jun 18, 2019 05:37 AM #33
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The ego is not your amigo....

Jun 18, 2019 06:35 AM #34
Kat DeLong
LakeView Realty Enterprises, Inc - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Realtor DRE#01235311, Lake Arrowhead Real Estate (

Love this ! There is nothing wrong with being confident ( healthy ego ) but if your ego leads you in a direction of being unteachable, abnoxious and self centered 9 bad ego ), that is where the problem will be in not only business but in life. 

Jun 18, 2019 09:08 AM #35
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy,
To me, true self confidence comes out in the form of being willing to help others and happy for their success. 

Jun 18, 2019 10:54 AM #36
Wendy Rulnick
Rulnick Realty, Inc. - Destin, FL
"It's Wendy... It's Sold!"

Kathy - Thank you for bringing up this topic and life tenet.  Here's a book I recommend on subject - "Ego is the Enemy" by Ryan Holiday. 

Jun 18, 2019 11:45 AM #37
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

Our business is rife with egos and it is such a pleasure when we come across an agent without one. The process is so mch more pleasant.

Jun 18, 2019 02:23 PM #38
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Fantastic post that is honestly telling Kathy Streib. Thankfully, getting older, along with many life experiences, has allowed me to become more settled and confidently do for others.

Jun 18, 2019 05:44 PM #39
Kathy Schowe
California Lifestyle Realty - La Quinta, CA
La Quinta, California 760-333-8886

I believe this is true when choosing a Realtor too.  You should leave your ego at the door and put your clients needs first!  Kathy

Jun 18, 2019 10:19 PM #40
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy, I have met a great many Egomaniacs in my market.... had to remind myself to be kind and let the BS go to the wayside.... they are not the Principals only the "listing agents".... and believe me I have a strong ego with good reason... but I manage to put it in my back pocket to make the transaction happen, Endre

Jun 18, 2019 11:04 PM #41
Gordon Crawford
Gordon Crawford Home Selling Team - Morristown, NJ
Your Morris County Specialist!

Kathy, Simple common sense when you think about it.  No earth shattering revelation, just sound thinking...If you don’t like yourself, you’re not going to like much else.  Thanks for sharing

Jun 19, 2019 02:51 AM #43
Dana Basiliere
Rossi & Riina Real Estate - Williston, VT
Making deals "Happen"


We always say "it's not about's about the clients". Plain and simple that is it.

Jun 19, 2019 10:32 AM #44
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

What a great blog post.   Plenty of food for thought here!   "Someone with a healthy ego feels good enough about themselves that they do not need to make those around them feel any less."

Jun 19, 2019 03:15 PM #45
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
Opening the Doors to California Homes -East Bay

Thanks for sharing this! I love the positivity on this one! It is true, to love yourself first so that you can learn to love others. 

Jun 20, 2019 03:24 PM #46
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Ego can really get in the way...great quotes!

Jun 21, 2019 07:39 PM #47
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