You can probably easily think of examples of very smart, highly competent people who apparently have personalities with egotism or narcissism.
Steve Jobs has been called arrogant and an egocentric personality, aggressive and mean-spirited.
A judge in 2001 said Bill Gates had a “Napoleonic concept of himself.”
Both of these guys may be hypomanic achievers.
Hypomania can include being “filled with energy… flooded with ideas… driven, restless, and unable to keep still… often works on little sleep… feels brilliant, special, chosen, perhaps even destined to change the world… can be euphoric… becomes easily irritated by minor obstacles… is a risk taker…”
his topic of humility is of interest to me partly because growing up, it was such a forced and enforced “virtue” in my conservative Christian family, and my parents “outlawed” what they considered “talking back” to them or being self-assertive and expressive in many ways.
Probably many introverted, highly sensitive and talented kids have had difficulty with being confident, self-assured and self-directed.
Of course, what we hear about in media and movies is more likely to be examples of talented adults who engage in “diva,” arrogant, egotistical, even destructive behavior.
So it was gratifying to hear about a corporate culture like Zappos with such a list of Family Core Values .
What if BP or some of the many Wall Street firms in the news had that kind of list? Not likely.