Dictionary.com defines Hubris (n) as excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.
In order to understand this word better, lets take the example of the great French ruler, Napoleon Bonaparte.
One of the most brilliant individuals in history, Napoleon Bonaparte was a masterful soldier, an unequalled grand tactician and a superb administrator. He was also utterly ruthless, a dictator and, later in his career, thought he could do no wrong.
It was Napolean’s hubris that constituted to his fall. But think about this in today’s world. All around me, I see many who thrive on it. They display their smallest and the most minuscule achievements with such pomp that one is left in a limbo -am I to applaud or ignore? Sometimes all of it feels so empty that it feels that the individual is over emphasizing his/her credentials in order to cover those faults and inadequacies that seem to be bothering them.
But then again, anyone who has worked knows that whether one has the worth or not, it is the selling that matters.
- How well do you manage to portray yourself in front of your superiors?
- Are you a well rounded individual? (However small those extras might be it still helps)
- Do you manage to put your hand in everything that is happening around you? (This supposedly equals involvement and commitment)
I find a lot of these things a sham but I cannot deny them either. In order to excel hubris helps deal with all of it that happens. Portraying oneself in a good light is required, how else would your boss notice you amidst all the competition. The key is probably maintaining that thin line and not crossing it. Not getting totally involved in every exaggeration that you put out for the world. Else, the end is not far.
That proves it, that anything in a good measure helps and excess of it is harmful.