“As long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you” - C.S. Lewis
Pride is one of the most, if not the most, damaging things which, unfortunately, we let into our lives quite often. It is the epitome of selfishness - the belief and the desire not to be great, but simply to be better than everyone else.
It's an isolating state of mind because it automatically pushes everyone else out. Not only does it inhibit community, it undermines growth by causing us to believe we've arrived.
We weren't made to be better than everyone else - not that we shouldn't work hard to be the best we can, but that it was never supposed to be about how we compared to everyone else.
It turns out, life is more satisfying when we're not constantly consumed by the fear of losing our positions - and when we finally resolve to stop looking down on everyone else, we can start looking up at what's above us and what lies ahead of us - and that's when creativity, innovation, and growth can happen.