He must work hard at eliminating the faults in his character. Even though he may yearn for the Overself, he may actually stand in the way of his own light. If the ego is strong in him, he must try to learn from others the humility, devotion, and unselfishness which are so admirable and necessary. He should not be afraid to go down on his knees in prayer and confession, for pride, vanity, egotism, and self-assertion must be broken. Even if he has very good qualities he must forget these and concentrate on the eradication of his faults, to perfect himself as much as possible. Character is what counts in every sphere.
-- Notebooks Category 2: Overview of Practicies Involved > Chapter 5: Balance the Psyche > # 58