At some point in life, we've all been guilty of being too egotistical or vain. Whether fishing for compliments or constantly talking about ourselves, it's easy to let our egos get the best of us. However, these qualities will always serve as red flags to others, warning them to stay away. If you want any chance of success in life—whether in your relationships or your career—it's important to ditch these qualities. Here's how: 

Be Humble
One of the best ways to avoid being egotistical is to be humble. When you're humble, you're not constantly trying to one-up others or put yourself above them. You can have genuine conversations and listen to what others say without continually thinking about what you'll say next. Instead of promoting yourself all the time, let your actions do the talking. People will take notice and respect you more for it. 

Be Teachable 
Nobody knows everything, so don't act as if you do. Be teachable and open to learning new things, even if they go against what you already believe. It doesn't mean that you should let others walk all over you, but rather that you should be willing to listen with an open mind and then make up your own opinion. Constantly trying to prove others wrong will only make you look bad. 

Respect Others 
If you want others to respect you, you must show them respect first. It means listening when they're speaking, valuing their opinions, and treating them with kindness and courtesy—even if they don't necessarily deserve it. Don't stoop down to their level if they're rude or disrespectful; walk away and tell them about their unacceptable behavior. In most cases, they'll be the ones who end up looking bad, not you.  

While it's easy to let our egos get the best of us sometimes, it's important to avoid coming across as egotistical or vain if we want any chance of success. The best way to do this is by being humble, teachable, and respectful towards others. By ditching these negative qualities, we can set ourselves up for success in our personal and professional lives.

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