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Monthly Motivation: Be Humble

Posted on June 04 2018

Being humble isn't about thinking less of yourself, it's about thinking of yourself less – Rick Warren 

In our modern me-focused world, filled with ceaseless selfies and endless iproducts, being humble often has a bad rap. Unfortunately, humbleness is sometimes associated with lack of confidence and low ambition. And I'm sure you've heard that old phrase "nice guys finish last" a time or two before. But is that really true? 

being humble means thinking of yourself less


The Lovely Benefit of Being Humble 

Joshua Hook, Ph.D. assistance professor of psychology at University of North Texas, says "humility is a very pro-social quality." 

Hook conducted a study to see if there was any correlation between humility and the potential to form romantic relationships. Students were split into two groups and both groups looked at a different online dating profile. The profiles included interests and history, as well as measurements of various personality traits such as extroversion, openness to new experiences, and humility. 

One profile was of a person considered "highly humble" (in the 87th percentile) and the other was "not humble" (24th percentile). Overwhelmingly, viewers of the "highly humble" profile were significantly more willing to accept a date compared to the group who viewed the not-so-humble profile.  

the lovely benefit of being humble


How to Be Humble without Being Passive 

Okay, so humbleness seems to have its benefits. But, what does being humble really look like? 

1. Embrace individuality – Stop comparing yourself to others. Be yourself and let others be themselves. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone, just be friendly to everyone – including yourself. Being confident in your own skin is one of the most humbling things you can ever accomplish in life. 

2.  Start with a question – Show people that you care about and value their opinion. Questions open the door to constructive conversation and impactful collaboration. Never stop learning. If you act like you know everything, you limit your chances to learn anything. 

3. Balance speaking and listening – There are times to speak and times to listen. Speak to add value and listen to learn. Recognize this and find that balance.  Let your accomplishments speak for themselves. 

4. Ask for feedback – It's fine to be proud of your accomplishments, but also seek to understand your weaknesses and actively work on them. Ask a friend or co-worker to tell you three thing they appreciate about you and three areas where you still need some growth.

5. Accept setbacks – It's okay to have weaknesses! Everyone does. Be grateful for what you have and work hard for what you want. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way. Mistakes make you tougher, smarter, and more appreciative of the payoff.  

6. Help others – Realize that the world does not revolve around you. Focus on giving instead of receiving. Acts of kindness towards others will help make their day, and probably make you feel pretty great too.  

being humble is helping others


Which Race do you Want to Win? 

So, do nice guys (or girls) really finish last? Well, it all depends on how you look at it. One could make the argument that nice people – gracious, receptive, empathetic, humble people – are simply running a different race. They might not win every gold medal along the way, but they never lose sight of the big picture.  

In the grand scheme of life, humble humans may just be the gold-medal winners of organic affection, new knowledge, and genuine joy. 

 

Looking for a humble way to spread the importance of being humble? Check this humble tee out.

 

Be Great, 

 

GA 

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