We are shaped by one another.
We are connected to one another.
We are powered by one another.
Every thing that we do is enabled by someone else having done something before us that paved our way.
Every thing that we think has been informed by all the ideas and educations developed by our predecessors.
Every tool that we use was improved upon by generation after generation who came before us.
It thereby stands to reason that none of us can take sole credit for anything that we’ve done.
None of us are entirely individually responsible for any level of success we may have had.
None of us are so great that we created anything all on our own.
Therefore none of us should really boast.
Because no success happens in a vacuum.
And there is no such thing as “self-made.”
We are completely and utterly reliant and dependent upon those around us to achieve what we achieve.
Arrogance then is not an expression of confidence but of ignorance.
And ego is not only an expression of lack of awareness but also of ungratefulness.
If there is anything we have to be proud of, it’s the fact that we live in an amazing world, full of amazing people, who have created amazing things all around us usually through little to no fault of our own.