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Your ego is your enemy

I read a book called somewhat like: "Your ego is your enemy" once. I don't remember what was written in it but I remember well my thoughts I had while reading. I had remembered the cases when I was rising on the waves of success by occasion and by the help of other people.

Not by chance - there were some positive features in me and I worked a lot, but after all hardships, when everything went smoothly, I fancied that's almost all thanks to me.

I was starting to think that I was smarter than I really was and I could jump onto another wave, higher: become own boss, start own business, find anything better and so on.

As a result, it turned out, that I wasn't so wonderfully clever, and I found myself somewhere below in need to start all over again.

It's not about you can't try something new, but you must clearly assess your abilities and opportunities.

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I learn : Spanish (Intermediate)
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I read a book called somewhat something like: "Your ego is your enemy" once. I don't remember what was written in it, but I remember well my thoughts I had while reading. I had remembered the cases when I was rising on the waves of success by occasion and by the help of other people.

Not by chance - there were some positive features in me and I worked a lot, but after all hardships (no comma) when everything went smoothly. I fancied that's almost all thanks to me.

I was starting to think that I was smarter than I really was and I could jump onto an even higher wave, another wave, higher: become my own boss, start my own business, find anything better and so on.

As a result, it turned out (no comma) that I wasn't so wonderfully clever (no comma) and I found myself somewhere below in need to start all over again.

It's not about you can't try something new, but you must clearly assess your abilities and opportunities.

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Thank you, Kjcoffin! Your comment is very useful!

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I learn : Chinese (Beginner) French (Beginner) German (Beginner) Portuguese (Beginner) Spanish (Beginner) Arabic (Beginner)
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Hi Oleks,

That sounds like a great book. In my opinion, if you want to be ambitious and successful, it is very important to surround yourself with determined and successful people. It is almost impossible to set up a business on your own, so you (inevitably) need the assistance of other people, who are more skilled and experienced than youself. Do you agree?

With regards to your English, it is coming along nicely.

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1.but I remember well my thoughts This sounds strange to me. I would say "I clearly remember my thoughts..."

2. I had remembered the cases -. I remembered the times (cases is not the correct word to use in this context).

3. when I was rising on the waves of success by occasion  when I was riding the waves of success by chance / by coincidence / by a fluke.

4. and by the help of other people. and with the help of other people.

5. It's not about you can't try something new I wouldn't say you can't start something new....

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Hi, Edhutchins88! Yes, it was very interesting book and it made me think a little. I like such books. I agree with you. The problem was I was a subordinate and I wanted to be a boss.

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Hi Oleks 

This is very interesting and I've been thinking a lot about the ego and how it can hold us back and make us unhappy.  It's not just about thinking we're better.  It's also when we compare ourselves to others and wish we were better.  This also involves the ego.  

My fellow editors have, as usual done a great job.  You could just change the sentence "I found myself somewhere below" to "I found myself somewhat lacking" or "falling short".  Both phrases are quite idiomatic but are used and will be recognised by native English speakers :)

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Hi, Ros! Thank you! It's interesting, I wrote both sentences in my notebook. Best luck, Oleks

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