I believe in order to achieve success, we need to let loose of our ego.
In a selected situation where you were a passive smoker whom suddenly fall in love with a girl who smoking is one hell of a problem, the best solution is always to stop. Bent your fucking ego or you loose her.
When you were one step away of being hired and you decided to not to move on from your expected salary on a basis that your abilities worth more than those bucks they're offering. Bent your fucking ego and take the fucking offer.
Congratulation. Look like you going to spend another month in this league of unemployment.
Tolerance my ass.