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Many artists become victims of their own egos. They become so fixated on what they‘re getting out of the work that they forget that they’re playing a team game. This ego most often manifests itself by playing the victim.

Playing the victim doesn’t just mean seeking sympathy from those around us. It can also mean holding back.

“Oh, okay. You’re not going to listen to my idea. That’s fine. I’m just going to shut up and stop contributing then.”

As Alan Watts says, “the ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention”. It means, if your ego is involved when there’s work to be done, you’re looking in the wrong direction.