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Stay Humble, Stay Hungry

Humble

There comes a point when we’re learning or doing something at which we gain a certain level of skill or proficiency. While we might not be experts, we’ve gone well beyond the basics.

With that level of skill or proficiency comes confidence. And a bit of arrogance. I don’t mean to write arrogance in the pejorative. What I mean by that is we sometimes get an inflated, or at least distorted, idea of our abilities.

We figure that we’re further along the road of mastery or expertise than we really are. We assume that we’ve learned enough or that we’re at a point where we can idle or coast. We’re no longer as hungry for success, for progress as we were at the beginning of the journey.

That attitude slows us us down. That attitude keeps us from achieving our goals.

I’ve fallen victim to that attitude a few times and learned the hard way how damaging that attitude can be.

The solution? Stay humble. These days, humility is treated like a four-letter word. It isn’t. Humility isn’t a weakness. Humility isn’t a black mark.

Humility is a realization. A realization that we’ve come some distance on our journeys, but that we know we have quite a ways further to go.

Humility is understanding that the skills and knowledge and experience we’ve gained will take only so far. For some of us that might be enough. For others of us, we may need to see the journey to its end.

That realization keeps us hungry. Knowing that we have more to learn, more to understand, more room to grow pushes us forward to achieve our goals, to reach the end of the road.

So stay humble. Stay hungry. That will drive you forward to achieving what you want to achieve.

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