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Remember the Importance of Humility May 10, 2011

Filed under: thoughts — axinia @ 2:45 pm

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“I got this insight when I was asked to teach a class on humility at Harvard College. I asked all the students to describe the most humble person they knew. One characteristic of these humble people stood out: They had a high level of self-esteem. They knew who they were, and they felt good about who they were. We also decided that humility was defined not by self-deprecating behavior or attitudes but by the esteem with which you regard others. Good behavior flows naturally from that kind of humility. For example, you would never steal from someone, because you respect that person too much. You’d never lie to someone, either.
It’s crucial to take a sense of humility into the world. By the time you make it to a top graduate school, almost all your learning has come from people who are smarter and more experienced than you: parents, teachers, bosses. But once you’ve finished at Harvard Business School or any other top academic institution, the vast majority of people you’ll interact with on a day-to-day basis may not be smarter than you. And if your attitude is that only smarter people have something to teach you, your learning opportunities will be very limited. But if you have a humble eagerness to learn something from everybody, your learning opportunities will be unlimited.

Generally, you can be humble only if you feel really good about yourself—and you want to help those around you feel really good about themselves, too. When we see people acting in an abusive, arrogant, or demeaning manner toward others, their behavior almost always is a symptom of their lack of self-esteem. They need to put someone else down to feel good about themselves.”

Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business Professor and author

 

5 Responses to “Remember the Importance of Humility”

  1. Terry Says:

    Most people like to point out contradictions as a sign of flawed thinking, yet when you come across a really interesting contradiction, you have probably stumbled on something divine, because that is where opposites coexist in unity.

    That high self-esteem is the basis of humility is one of those contradictions. The more powerful your character the less you are attached to your accomplishments. The more beauty you can see, the more tolerance you have for ugliness. The more equanimity you gain, the more disharmony you become aware of.

  2. Triveni Says:

    “When we see people acting in an abusive, arrogant, or demeaning manner toward others, their behavior almost always is a symptom of their lack of self-esteem. They need to put someone else down to feel good about themselves.”
    This is so true! Thanks for sharing yet another beautiful post Axinia…

  3. mahesh chendake Says:

    As the person earns more n more true education ( Not just certificate/degree) he become more n more humble….and vice a verse.knowledgeable persons are humble …obviously they have high self esteem.
    but what happens when When we see people acting in an abusive, arrogant, or demeaning manner toward others, their behavior almost always is a symptom of their lack of self-esteem. They need to put someone else down to feel good about themselves.”……. and your future in their hand? and you dont have any alternative? whether one should become beggar still u know u are not going to get true knowledge? How one can be humble……… and behave?.
    I am sure I will never behave that way. One thing I surely learn that How one should not be.

  4. Nishant AGRAWAL Says:

    Mahatma Gandhi also has well demonstrated this humility / meekness in his autobiographical work.


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