Being humbled may feel embarrassing or it may feel like you’ve lost, as if you had to succumb to a stronger force. If we really think about it, that’s not it. On the surface it may feel that way but to be humbled you have to try. You may be bested, you may feel dumb, you may feel weak but you tried.
You can’t be humbled if you don’t try, you must and will inevitably make mistakes, it really is a beautiful thing. The only way to grow as a person is to make mistakes, we learn from them and we become better after each and every one. I don’t know anyone from history who started off just excelling in their craft. You must practice, work hard and be fearless. This means that you will end up against people that are more skilled and have more experience. This is a good thing, this is where you learn the most. If you can, always try to go up a level, you will learn more and you will learn faster.
If you are not humbled every now and then, you will likely become arrogant. Arrogance is very different from confidence even though they share qualities but it’s simple math:
Arrogance = Ugly / Confidence = Attractive
My best advice is to be vulnerable and confident. Always be open to improving. Always be open to admitting your mistakes and weaknesses. This is literally what needs to be done to improve. If you cannot talk about your weaknesses openly, you will not improve on them.
We are all just people working hard at our craft. Most likely there are people around us that are wiser, more talented, have more experience, more drive, more commitment or whatever. We just need to learn from our own mistakes and have the confidence to fail and get back up Every. Single. Time.
Things are not always going to go well, you will do something silly or make an embarrassing mistake. It’s what you do following that mistake that makes you who you are. These are exactly the moments that people remember about you. Choose wisely and don’t be afraid to be humbled.
I encourage everyone to get into reading, it can be life changing. Here is a small reading list of some that I’ve enjoyed to get you started: https://www.promotionsguy.com/ryan-s-favorite-reads
I’m writing tips each week for people aspiring to improve. These are not industry related but they generally have something to do with growing as a person or growing a business. My intention is to help others grow while growing myself. My book recommendation this week is “Love Does” by Bob Goff.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss something, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.