The beginning of wisdom is humility.
What does it mean to be humble?
According to Urban Dictionary, “it’s an admirable quality that not many people possess.”
It means that a person may have accomplished a lot, know a lot or be a lot but doesn’t feel the need to brag about it.
It means you are unpretentious and show respect to everyone, regardless of their stature.
Humility isn’t about thinking little of yourself, I wrote a book on self-love after all! It’s about remembering that your life is a gift & a privilege.
It’s about showing gratitude & treating others with respect. It takes wisdom & inner strength to be humble.
Now that you know what humility is, let’s look at the rewards for being humble, which are great!
Humility attracts people to you, whereas arrogance repels them. It also enhances your positive character traits.
Humility often leads to unexpected and prosperous connections or a discovery that exalts you. You never know who you’re talking to or where things lead down the road.
Humility shows that you’re aware that you’re a human being with limitations. Without this awareness, you are ignorant and ignorance causes a whole gamut of problems.
Humble people make better leaders in the workforce. While high achievers know how to achieve any goal they set for themselves, the super successful achieve the goals set for them by a greater intelligence.
Rather than using whatever they can to get to the top, they allow themselves to be used by the one at the top when operating from this place of service and humility.
There are even health benefits to being humble. Science shows that altruism contributes to happiness & wellbeing.
Research has also found that people who are the happiest are the ones that don’t think so much about trying to be happy. This works well for humble people because humble people get caught up in projects & other things that they consider bigger than themselves.
Now that you know that humility leads to success and happiness, here are ways to become more humble:
- Be willing to do small things no matter how great you think you are.
- Realize that it’s an honor to be of service.
- For example, as a parent, I am a humble servant to my son and I’m reaping rewards watching him thrive.
The greatest of the greats in all arenas; sports, art, science, politics and teaching rarely credit their achievements to themselves. They credit them to a higher power & the people who have supported them along the way. Sure they work hard, but they know that they are ultimately just a part of the whole.
Likewise, strong relationships are those that play service to the other at the center.
As the genius himself, Albert Einstein said, “a true genius admits that he or she knows nothing.”
Be humble, show respect, & you’ll move up the ladder in business, love, & life.
Heather Hans, LCSW, MSW, MBA, CPIC, is a Visionary, Healer & Teacher, and the author of The Heart of Self-Love: How to Radiate with Confidence. It is Heather's firm belief that loving oneself is necessary to have fulfilling relationships and a successful life. Join Heather’s 30-Day confidence challenge at avanoo.com