Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
Norman Vincent Peale
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.
C. S. Lewis
Humility is nothing to do with high or low self-esteem. It’s about recognising the fact that we’re one of about 6 billion waves in the ocean of life, each no more or less important than any other. Without me having to do anything about it, the sun comes up in the morning and the stars twinkle at night. Before I’ve even gotten out of bed, the world has spun a third of the way around it’s axis, and 6 billion people have done the best they know to do to increase their happiness and mitigate their suffering. And since I’m not in charge, I get to relax and enjoy the ride, rather than cower in recognition of my own weakness and even helplessness in the face of forces far greater than my own.
Showing your humility makes you more credible and more believable.
By remaining humble, you are receptive to opportunities to improve and it is those opportunities which can often lead to success.
But to be humble requires us to drop our mask – it requires us to accept that we don’t know it all and that we never will.
And seeing humility in another is a beautiful trait. Some of the most successful people I know have this in abundance; some of the most successful people I know have this in zero capacity! So humility is not a measure of success, nor is it likely to be the primary driver of success. But it is a measure and driver of attractiveness.
Think about who you would be most drawn to, most attracted to and most inspired by.
The person who parades everything they know or the person who knows not to parade?