“Be Humble. Stay Grounded.” We all hear this every now and then. It is easier said than done though, right? As cool as it is to preach humility, it is just as difficult to practice it in the face of an opportunity to show someone down. But believe it or not, humility can be a strong pillar in your personality and speak volumes about you. It is an underrated virtue and not the easiest to develop. But here we are with a beginner’s guide on how to be more humble.
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You may know better, but it isn’t always necessary to outshine others. No one has ever liked people who show off. You might have it all but it is all miniscule-d to nothingness as soon as you start to take pride in it. Being aware of your intellectual and financial status is one thing, but to flaunt it with an intention of showing-off is repelling and nothing short of pathetic.
Someone Is Always Watching
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If you think you can just make one snarky remark and slide out, don’t fool yourself. Even your tiniest of actions form an image, subconsciously, in the minds of the people you hang out with regularly. Conceited intentions never hide for long. So it is wiser to be genuine about your abundance, right? Joke about your own self once in a while. Don’t take yourself too seriously and don’t let your superiority get into the head.
Be Kind About It
It all starts with the belief that nobody belongs to an inferior or a superior category. With abundance, generally comes a sense of superiority which binds your head with the clouds. Keeping your feet on the ground with your head soaring in the skies is an incredible quality. So when you are trying to correct someone, know that you should do it out of genuine cooperation and not mere superiority. Be nice, it will cost you INR 0.00 only but give back something invaluable in return.
Modesty Comes From Within
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If you’re trying to fake it, trust me, that won’t last long. Ingenuity always gets called out. And it makes sense too. If you are really grounded, you won’t really have to make efforts to “look” grounded. However if you try to let someone else shine on purpose just for the sake of your ‘modesty watch’, it’s so not okay. Dimming your light because you think you might win points for humility is a classic example of malicious intent aka “being a fake”.
For someone who’s got it all (brains or money), it is important to have the sense to share the knowledge or resources with those deprived of it. To give you an incentive, all we can say is that never forget there will always be someone richer, smarter and more appealing than you. But the only thing that will make you look better, that will set YOU apart even with less is the virtue of humility.