The Programmer’s Ego
“With great power there must also come great responsibility“. Nope. In reality this is not the case, in my industry, often I will see “With great power there must also come great ego“.
I realised that when a person who thinks they are alpha whether in overall package or in certain areas started to have higher ego and less patiences when dealing with people who are dumber in comparison. This often happens in the IT industry. Well, the traits is pretty obvious for gamers as well,
The ego that i’m saying here isn’t the ego that programmers that stop learning, if fact, these programmers that i’ve dealt with are very passionate in their industry, the only problem? They are more fond to deal with a computer rather than a person. In summary, they will think that they have some sort of super power that can change the world and the world needs them.
In case you don’t know what is ego
The world is changing at a fast pace, smarter people are getting more, the age of getting rich is going younger, the younger generation are a lot smarter than the previous generation in overall. It seems to be a positive phenomena, but I see it as a disaster when the overall people are getting smarter but with lesser wisdom.
Our education and our surroundings taught us to get educated and to be good in certain areas so that you can survive and make a better life in your coming future. But we’ve not been taught that wisdom is as important as getting smart and getting rich at the same time.
I’ve seen too many cases where the outperform programmers showing off their attitudes. I’ve to admit these people have better skills than others, but less humble than the rest. They have higher IQ but lesser EQ. Taking less opinions especially those they already have the impression that the person is not smarter than him and he will refuse or refute without giving reasonable reason. The person with a higher ego tends to have the traits of dislike working in a team with other teammates that they think are not on par with them. And most cases, people with egos are not willing to apologise for their mistakes.
I used to admire people who are smart, they can really learn things fast, they can solve complex equations, they can understand something without giving more hints. But today’s i admire people who have wisdom, regardless if they are smart or not. Wisdom on the other hand understands that smart in general is gifted and those who have wisdom they understand that even if is gifted they will need hard work. Another level of wisdom is that they understand each person can be smart in certain domains, they don’t judge or hinder those people who can’t perform well in certain areas, they understand that these people just need to be in the right place.
We may be gifted that we learn a lot faster and solve equations faster than the rest. We can be bloated with our superior skills and endless victories. But we are seldom aware that skills can be replaced, and attitude can’t. Skills can bring you to that far, but attitude is the wheel that stays with you until you’ve reached your goal.
Are you a egoist’s programmer?