Is it Wrong to Feel Pride When You Succeed?

Being proud about a job well done is healthy and acceptable behavior.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a sense of pride when you succeed at something and you get a positive outcome. Some people view pride as an emotion that we can do without, but that’s just not so.

Just like most things in the world, pride is an emotion that people can tend to go overboard with, in one way or another. Some people get beside themselves and become too proud, while others may misinterpret the Bible’s warning about pride.

Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Proverbs 16:5

Those people who advocate against pride, will typically cite scriptures like the above one taken from the book of Proverbs. There are actually tons of scriptures that speak about this feeling or emotion.

But the truth of the matter is, it can really be used in a good or bad sense. The pride that I’m referring to in this post has reference to a feeling of accomplishment, after succeeding at something positive.

Pride and Success

When you think about it, pride and success tend to go hand-in-hand. Does that mean that it’s automatically wrong to succeed? Of course not. But surely, succeeding at something bad or negative is a different story.

You might be a successful liar, or thief, or maybe even a murderer. Clearly, that’s not a positive case of being successful, and it’s nothing to be proud of. But successfully accomplishing something productive or noble would be.

Once you accept that it is sometimes okay to have a sense of pride, then you will begin to feel like you found a key to accomplishing more in your life. There is no greater feeling than that WOW feeling you get when you succeed at something!

You know the feeling I mean; it’s a combination of pride, joy, relief, satisfaction, and even a touch of smugness.

Of course you are proud, and you have a right to be (minus the smuggness)! Succeeding at something often requires more than one, two, or even three tries. When you finally get it right and things finally come together, you can’t help but feel pride in yourself.

Positive Pride and Joy

That feeling of positive pride can quickly lead to joy — the elation that comes from a job well done! You’re relieved that you did it and even in a timely way, so the feeling of incompleteness is a load off your shoulders.

The feeling of success is definitely worth any legitimate efforts that we put forth to win. But it is about more than simply the good feeling that comes from winning, but about knowing that you won fair and square.

This is one aspect of success that determined people sometimes take for granted, or forget altogether. Make sure when you succeed, you succeed with honor.

Having succeeded, then you can feel satisfied as well as justified! Then, all that you can think to say is WOW! The little bit of smugness is for those who had no faith; they didn’t really think that you’d succeed.

So you can feel good knowing that you proved the skeptics wrong while they all sit back and look and say to themselves, Wow!