John Adams, attorney representing the British Soldiers after the Boston Massacre in 1770, was preparing his closing argument for the jury. He handed the document to his wife, the brilliant Abigail Adams, for her review. Mrs. Adams, in no uncertain terms, scolded her husband, the future founding father and 2nd President of the United States, for drafting a closing statement designed to display his raw intelligence, superior education and command of the english language. John Adams, to his credit, revised the speech and the innocent soldiers were exonerated. This is a story of the dangers of Ego, and how even a man like the great John Adams can fall victim to its insidious nature. Watch this short video to see if you’ve fallen into this trap.

Steve Siebold
Author and Professional Speaker since 1997. Past Chairman of the National Speakers Association's Million Dollar Speakers Group. Author of 11 books with 1.4 million copies in print.