Is It Pride or Hubris?

Written by Posted On Friday, 22 October 2021 00:00

Perhaps you have noticed lately, as have I, that at times when a defensive player intercepts a pass, most of the defensive unit on the field gathers together and runs to the end zone for a “photo op.”  Some have defined this as that defensive unit taking great pride in that interception. A fan wrote me recently deriding that this maneuver was just showmanship and unnecessary. Maybe so. The fan went on to ask how to explain to his teenager what pride is and how he should define it.

I responded:

Pride is like faith, you can’t touch it, but you can see it if you know what to look for. A simile might be is that it is like carbon monoxide: colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Intoxicating might be an apt word in that pride can be good or bad. The definition of pride starts with a belief in oneself, appropriately called self-esteem. How, then, does one develop self-confidence? One method might be to observe others who display a sense of pride. As it was once said, “you can observe a lot, just be watching.” However, it is important to be discriminating.

Pride can be displayed properly or wrongly. It can be described as showing excessive self-esteem meaning arrogance or a lack of concern for others. Being proud needs to follow a path of caring for others. If hubris develops, you lose the value of what pride is all about.

Pride is easy to develop when you are successful in everything you do, with no failures. It’s hard to find that person. Pride can take a hit when a failure occurs. When that happens, you need to rebuild your self-esteem through positive affirmations or experiences. Experience, they say, is the ability to recognize a mistake when you make it again. Development of pride then can come from experience.

At one time I produced a video called “P*R*I*D*E in Action” in which I used the word PRIDE as sort of an acronym. ”P” was for personal power; “R” for responsibility (not blaming others); “I” for innovation (you predict the future by creating it); “D” is to design (an action plan to achieve); “E” is for everyone as in (T*E*A*M -Together Everyone Accomplishes More). Each of us needs all of us!

Will you put your pride in action today?

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Dr. Jim Tunney

Jim Tunney had an exemplary career in sports. A former high school coach, teacher, principal and district superintendent, he had a 40-year career in officiating football and basketball.

Thirty-one of those years he was an NFL Referee working a record twenty-nine post-season games including four Super Bowls, ten NFC/AFC Championship games, six Pro Bowls and twenty-five Monday Night Games.

He officiated some of the most memorable games in NFL history. His book Impartial Judgment: “The Dean of NFL Referees” Calls Pro Football As He Sees It, chronicles his NFL career.

As a Professional Speaker, he is Past President of The National Speakers Association and a Charter Member of its most prestigious group – The CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame. Jim holds every professional designation of the NSA, including the Oscar of Professional Speaking – The Cavett. NSA named him Philanthropist of the Year in 2007.

Dr. Tunney (a doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California) continues to serve his community as  Trustee Emeritus of both Monterey Peninsula College and York School; where he once served as Headmaster. In 1993, he founded the Jim Tunney Youth Foundation to support local community programs that develop leadership, work skills, wellness and self-esteem in youth. He and his wife Linda live in Pebble Beach, California. They have six children and sixteen grandchildren.

As an author he has written and/or co-authored thirteen books: Impartial Judgment, Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan’s Soul, Speaking Secrets of the Masters, You Can Do It!, Super Bowl Sunday, Insights into Excellence, Lessons in Leadership, Build a Better You and his most recent book, It’s the Will, Not the Skill.

If you are looking for a keynote speaker who educates, motivates and entertains with a lifetime of stories about leadership, team building and sports 831-595-3258.

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