Why are we ashamed or nervous to feel (and especially express) esteem for something we have accomplished? Is it because we don’t support our peers enough these days? Why is it that it takes “courage” and/or “confidence” in order to say “hey. I’m doing this thing, it makes me happy, and you know what I’m kinda good at it too.” If we all did it, I think we would support each other more, because we wouldn’t feel like we were in competition with one another. I think as a community we need to let someone know that they are good at something, encourage them when they tell us about their accomplishments, and feel joy in the fruit of our own labor and talents! Appreciation of self and others is not automatically feeding pridefulness and/or arrogance. I’ll tell you what it going to fuel; productivity, self assurance, and more creativity.
I think we can all agree there is nothing wrong with those things!