I have been called egotistical. I don’t think it’s a fare accusation at all. As someone with big dreams and plenty of self-confidence I do my best to make sure I know and acknowledge my many weaknesses. All you have to do is point out that I’m easily lost (awful sense of direction), that I sometimes promise too much and can’t deliver, that I don’t have enough leadership experience, etc… and you’ll find me humbly admitting the areas I need work.
Where I get called egotistical its usually for being uncompromising when I am right or when something I do is good. Don’t look for that to ever change from me, ever. I’m the first to admit when I’m wrong, but you usually have to convince me of it. If I think I’m going in the right direction don’t ask me to slow down because you’re older, you’re uncomfortable, you’re tired, or worse yet “just because.” I am good at most of what I do, and I won’t make any apologies for it. If you show me that you can respect that and that you are good at some things to, we won’t have any problems. If you want me to slow down for you, you’ll walk away thinking I’m egotistical and I won’t worry about it much.
I’m speaking about myself, but it’s also the way I suggest anyone approach life. If it’s the way you approach it, let’s be friends or, better yet, colleagues.
Update: If you read this post the day it was originally published 5/23, you got to see one of my weaknesses in action… the word “competent” was misspelled in the title.