A big ego can be a good thing -- when balanced by self-awareness...
I can make it rain just by washing my car, weeding, or hand-watering the plants that line my driveway. This weekend, I did all three. Monday, it rained. Not just a drizzle, either -- four hours of driving rain. Just so you know, it doesn't rain in California in June. Ever.
No, I don't really think I'm a rainmaker. I'm not a lunatic. But if I said I never, ever -- not even a little -- believe that the things I do or desire can somehow affect the weather, the stock market, a poker hand, or whether the Yankees win or lose, I'd be lying.
We all have our own quirky little superstitions, obsessions, compulsions and all that. But as intelligent, logical, clear-thinking adults living in a modern world, we all know better, right? Well, not exactly.
It's impressive how delusional people can be, and about matters of great import. Now, I'm not just talking about those who believe that if it's on the Internet, then it must be true. Or the millions of people who believe in ridiculous fads like colon cleansing, male enhancement, or man-made global warming.
I'm talking about people who run companies and nations.