The Curse of Humility

“If only I had a little humility, I’d be perfect.” – Ted Turner

If you’re going to be humble, you need to make sure that humility isn’t becoming a wall around you. Don’t be willing to spend hours or pages complaining or lamenting, and then two sentences (if that!) celebrating your wins. You can talk about success! Humility isn’t the act of hiding your accomplishments from the world. It’s recognizing their place in it and using them to help others.

If you successfully navigated a difficult situation, your modesty may tempt you to keep your mouth shut entirely or just brush it off with a throwaway line. But in doing so you not only rob others of the opportunity to learn from your path but you also imbalance your interactions with the world. When you’re upset about something, do you also censor yourself down to a single line or less? If not, then your complaints will rapidly outweigh your positivity. That helps no one.

If you get to the top of the mountain, let your hand reach down to help up others who haven’t made it yet, and let your voice ring out “this is the way!” If all your words are aimed at helping others, who can complain that they’re ringing out from the mountaintop?

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