The definition of humility is straightforward. It is a way of behaving that shows that you don’t think you are better or more important than other people.
When we are born into this world, we all begin at the same point. Sure, we may live in a nicer house or have more money. But the thing is, babies don’t care.
Then things start to change. Our world pushes against humility. A voice in our head starts telling us… I need to earn more. I need to get more. I need to share more. I need to be right more. I need to consume more. And do it all as fast as possible.
Along the way the humility we all started with, gives way to ego. With your ego in the driving seat, it is impossible to be humble.
People often talk about humbling experiences. What they are referring to is humiliation. Being humiliated is not the same as being humble. Humble is something you are. Humiliation is something you feel.
Why does humility matter? Because, it has the power to change so many aspects of your life. Here are a few examples:
Over time you develop more and more knowledge. Your ego builds on that and tries to convince you that you have all the answers. If this goes unchecked, your ability to learn comes to a screeching halt. Starting from a position of humility helps you focus on what you don’t know. In the process, you learn more and continue to grow.
Life is a team sport. The more great people you surround yourself with, the more you will achieve. Teamwork is about coming together to achieve a common goal. But having a team is not enough. How the team feels towards one another determines the level of success.
We all need breaks in life. It could be a mentor giving you guidance. It could be a job opportunity that someone tells you about. It could be a deal you close because of a timely introduction. Achievement is not always about what you do. It starts with the help you get along the way. The more humble you are, the more likely that help will come to you.
The coolest thing about humility is how it can speed up and expand life. It’s like a snowball rolling down the hill. With every turn, it gets larger and goes faster. Whatever it is you want out of life, you will get it all and more by being humble. But always watch out for ego. He is waiting on the hill to slow your progress success and happiness.