Is Your Entrepreneurial Ego Helping You Or Hurting You?

February 14, 2024

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In this conversation, Brett Ingram discusses the role of ego in entrepreneurship. He highlights the importance of having a belief in oneself and dreaming big in order to accomplish great things. However, he also explores the potential negative impact of ego, such as making bad decisions and ignoring warning signs. Brett shares personal examples from his own entrepreneurial journey, including starting a business and investing in software. He emphasizes the need for self-awareness and the ability to acknowledge strengths and weaknesses in order to maximize potential and minimize risk.


  • Ego can be a driving force in entrepreneurship, pushing individuals to set goals and attempt things that others wouldn't dare.
  • However, ego can also lead to bad decisions, wasted resources, and an unwillingness to acknowledge mistakes.
  • Entrepreneurs should strive for self-awareness and be willing to acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses in order to maximize potential and minimize risk.
  • Having a trusted circle of advisors who can provide honest feedback is crucial in avoiding the pitfalls of ego.


00:00 The Importance of Ego in Entrepreneurship

02:30 The Potential Negative Impact of Ego

06:18 Personal Example: Starting a Business

08:13 Personal Example: Investing in Software

13:29 The Tricks Ego Plays on Us

14:25 Corporate Example: IBM

15:22 Personal Example: Elon Musk

18:14 The Positive and Negative Aspects of Ego

21:07 The Importance of Self-Awareness

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