Here are 8 ways animators can get rid of toxic egos.
1. Humility is the best cure for pride.
Being humble does not mean lowering your self-worth. "To be humble is not to think less of oneself, but to think of oneself less."
2. Acknowledge your weaknesses and limitations.
Remember that we have our own weaknesses and limitations. We can't possible do all and say yes to everything. Nobody's perfect. So why pretend to be one?
3. Always be willing to listen and learn.
Have an open mind and take the time to listen to critical or useful feedback. It's also good to adopt a beginner's mindset. As Albert Einstein said, "The more you learn, the more you realize how much you don't know."
4. Focus on the effort and not the results.
Success is doing your best to get the job done. Credit and recognition are just extras. Rob Kish had once written in his article, "The effort is the journey. The journey tends to get overshadowed by the end game, the final result." However, even after reaching that result, there's still a feeling of lack of fulfillment. "This is because life is a journey, not an end game."
5. How you treat others is a reflection of your own character.
The golden rule in life: treat others just as you want others to treat you. "You will never understand the damage you did to someone until the same thing is done to you" (Karma).
6. Combined self-awareness and balance is key.
Don't confuse self-awareness with self-consciousness, confidence with arrogance, concern with obsession, talking with actually working, privilege with entitlement, etc. Be aware of their differences and don't lose your sense of balance and control.
7. Be accountable. Take the responsibility and don't blame others for your own mistakes.
Other than not taking action, blaming others is the easiest way to hide mistakes. Imagine the progress we would've made if we owned our mistakes, apologized, and focused all that time and energy to fix the problem instead.
8. Don't feed your ego, feed the soul instead.
Scott Dehorty, LCSW-C and psychotherapist, said "Complaining strengthens the ego. If you find yourself engaged in gossip, criticism, or condemnation of others on a regular basis, that is likely the ego feeding yourself." Instead, be grateful, treat others with respect, help others with compassion, and show people that you genuinely care.