It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. – Epictetus
I’m grateful to be around people who are smarter than I am. I have all sorts of blind spots that they are gracious enough to point out. They are regularly teaching me, even when they don’t realize it, and I am very grateful for that. However, it challenges me. The more I get to be around these great people, the more I realize that I don’t know. I want to think that I am relatively intelligent, but I recognize a lot of that is ego. And as Ryan Holiday would say, the ego is the enemy. It is a challenging enemy that creeps up at unexpected times, so it requires vigilance. It is loud and obnoxious, and it’s always afraid of being found out for the small limited thing it is. But I am grateful for my friends who teach me how to fight the ego’s fear to learn. The ego does not want to recognize failures and deficiencies, but it’s wrong. Only by putting this force in its place have I been able to make any progress. So, to my family, friends, and coworkers, thank you. Thank you for teaching me, even when you don’t know that you are. I hope to keep learning about life from all of you for many years to come. Much love.