Rule 46. Let he who stands be careful, lest he should fall.
This rule is derived from 1 Corinthians 10: 12, Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. This rule is the natural progression from this weeks phrase, Standing Tall.
As we previous discussed, standing tall is an expression of self-confidence from the success of overcoming great trials. It’s that cool, calm self-possession that characterized the American cowboy.
What this particular rule applies to is when that self-confidence takes a swing too far turning into pride. That weakness of moral character that has ruined many a man, both great and petty.
Pride distorts your perspective on life, rather than gaining calm clarity, you see everything, and everyone, as inferior to yourself.
When you place yourself and your abilities on pedestal, declaring that you are better than everyone else, you better be careful. That pedestal is a lot slipperier than you think. Confidence doesn’t always lead down this path, but watch your feet!