I feel there is no harm in getting a swelled head as long as one is able to fit his favourite cap. Suit(e) yourself.
I started my blog after an exciting pissing game with one of the bloggers, who proudly announced that he works from home and denounced working for the government as he felt the higher ups in the government jobs are snobs and behave like lords. The fella couldn't take it and moved on to greener pastures (joined an IT company). Hats off.
He asked for an opinion on his post which I couldn't resist holding back. Rest is history - it left him a bit famous and a lot conceited (swelled headed) and I walked away as a blogger wishing him luck.
They say people's head swell when they taste a bit of success. To test this unfound theory, I observed people closely over the last couple of months and found that most associated success with material gains (no brainer) and the shift in attitude is subtle but noticeable. The mannerism, the walk, the talk change and so does the cronies.
If this is what success does to an individual then I am game for it. I hate the way I walk and talk (honestly it's not too bad though) and over it I have been conditioned to be humble and grounded. And till today, I am almost grounded (with my feet firmly planted). But it doesn't help much.
Sometime back, I had a T shirt which said - 'Call us snobs but the only card we accept is our own'. A friend picked it up for me from his favourite watering hole in Bangalore at dirt cheap price. I loved what it said and it kind of gave a voice and direction to me (till then I was clueless and after possessing it I became a snob).
It had quite a profound effect on me and unconsciously my mannerism changed when I had it on. I wore it almost everywhere and looked down on the insignificant mortals and when it lost it's sheen and the lettering faded a bit (thanks to the efforts of my maid), I switched to wearing it as an undershirt and with it I lost my snob value.
If the word 'SNOB' could have such an effect then why blame 'SUCCESS'?.
Each morning I observe my head carefully in the mirror, just in case.