What would be different if:
You told you’re ego to “have a seat”.
You would learn. You would think, speak, and act in a way that only people who aren’t afraid of being wrong do.
Maybe you would approach challenges as if you were learning a new game. You could look at new relationships, struggles with work and your body like you were learning chess. “Okay, the rook can’t move that way, so what if i move my bishop here? Then what happens?” You would find dead ends, but you would see it as progress towards learning what DOES work.
Why waste time trying to prove your worth when you could be getting better? Why protect the ego to your detriment?
Why not make a life that’s worthy of you?