Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Flipboard 0 After a trip to Costa Rica this past year, I took a strong liking to surfing. Once back in Manhattan, I found a great surf school in Long Beach, NY called NYSEA (recommended by a surf instructor in Costa Rica) and decided that I would become a “real surfer” Summer 2013. Like many undertakings in life, to do them right they required upfront investments—lessons, gear rentals, travel costs etc. The primary cost for surfing were the lessons, and those were also the most important element. The lessons were teaching me the important skills and technique necessary for long-term mastery of the sport. After a few lessons I noticed leaps in my surfing abilities. With my instructor by my side I could paddle out past the break zone, I learned to identify which waves to catch (and which to dodge) and began to really get a feel for the board on the water. What did I do with this progress? Instead of continuing this sound progression and acknowledging the benefits of being in the water with a coach, I decided it was time to fend for myself (and save a couple bucks) and go out in the water alone (I also convinced a close friend to come along with me). In that moment, I attributed my progress to my own dedication and effort and largely overlooked the significance that this all happened along side of a professional coach (in your professional life, this may be a mentor). When the day came to hit the waves alone, my friend and I were bright eyed and bushy tailed. We identified (what appeared to be) the fastest route to get past the break zone and jumped in with our boards and paddled out with high spirits. We forgot to take a moment to step back and look at the tide and notice that the route we choose (yes the most direct) was in fact where the waves were breaking the hardest and where the current was the roughest. Only the expert’s eye could see that to the far left was a riptide that would help push us out past the rough waves. Our novice eyes missed the subtle shifts in the water, we didn’t even know we weren’t looking at the right path. We paddled for 30 minutes simply trying to get past the break zone only to get pulverize by wave after wave. After an hour of battling, we let the waves finally push us in, bellies full of salt water and hair full of seaweed. That day I learned the harsh lesson that I had let my ego blind me. To often we attribute our success and accomplishments to our own efforts. We fail to step back and look at the big picture and acknowledge the coaches and leaders who, so gracefully, helped us along our journey. We eagerly rush to the seemingly fastest route and sometimes our egos blind us from recognizing that we are even doing this. Not only is it crucial to find a coach (leader, mentor) to learn from, it’s equally important to stick with that individual for the long run and recognize the positive impact they’ve had on your growth. All too often we become eager to take off when our learning is still in the beginning stages. Be humble, grateful and daring—and know that learning never ceases to continue. Twitter Tweet Facebook Share Email This article was written for Business 2 Community by Kane Pepi.Learn how to publish your content on B2C Author: Kane Pepi Kane Pepi is an experienced financial and cryptocurrency writer with over 2,000+ published articles, guides, and market insights in the public domain. Expert niche subjects include asset valuation and analysis, portfolio management, and the prevention of financial crime. Kane is particularly skilled in explaining complex financial topics in a user-friendlyView full profile ›More by this author:VoIP Basics: Everything Beginners Should Know!Bitcoin Investment, Trading & Mining: The Ultimate Guide for BeginnersIs This a Better Way to Set Your 2020 Goals and Resolutions?