15 Sep Ego is good. But keep it in check

[caption id="attachment_2244" align="alignnone" width="660"] I think I'll name this mountain after myself.[/caption] We all have an ego. Ego is good. Ego makes us boast and do things we may not have done otherwise. It’s a thing, some growth on the side of our stomach we didn’t invite. But we all have it. And like it, actually. When considering going abroad, be it for the first time or again, let ego help you make that leap. But don’t let it get the best of you. World travelers over the past millennia had egos. Ferdinand Magellan in the early 1500s said in his exploration to Patagonia (Argentina) he ran into, “Naked men of giant stature, where I only came up to their waist.” He also said they were, “dancing, singing and throwing dust on our heads.” Magellan probably did find tall people in Patagonia, and they were likely the Tehuelche tribe, standing tall at five feet eleven. Back then to a European that was tall. Magellan’s goal was to circumnavigate the entire world. He sort of did, and during his voyage decided to name straits and even penguins after himself. That’s ego. Are these half-truths and animal naming done wrongly? Ego is the motivator. And had it not been for ego such explorations would never had occurred. Marco Polo was a 13/14th Century explorer from Italy who supposedly went to China and stayed for 24 years. In Polo’s time, China was the most advanced society on earth. Meticulous...

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