The Work of the Ego

Being given a copy of Desideratra and learning that the author, Max Ehrmann (1872-1945) was generally unknown for this beautiful piece of work during his lifetime, has allowed me to consider the concept of the ego – and specifically, my ego. 

During the last week, I was approached by a woman named Nancy.  Nancy had been present at a GaryRusso performance and purchased two copies of Don’t Die with Your Song Unsung. 

Nancy told me one copy was for her and her husband and the other copy was for her son who was facing some professional life challenges.  She sent the book to her son and received a version of this message:  This is just what I needed.  I needed to remember how I see a situation is how the situation will appear.  If I think everyone I work is a jerk, they are jerks.  If I think I won’t be promoted because others are getting unfair advantages, I will make myself angry and probably not do as good a job – thereby not get promoted! 

Nancy’s son went on to say that reading Don’t Die helped him to remember he has the ability to manage his thoughts and he has the ability to create his present.  He asked his Mom to keep sending more positive books and materials. 

I will admit it feels wonderful when someone shares how my work has positively impacted their life.  Yet, I know my real growth will come when I can feel good about the work I have contributed even if I never know the impact it has or will have on others.  Let’s just say I – and my ego — have some work to do!

Thank you, Andrea T. Goeglein, PhD

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About the author

Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

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