Continuing with my 30 Days of Gratitude, I am thankful for never assuming I was the smartest or best.
Day #11 – A Little Humility Goes a Long Way
Here is the thing:
– I am not the fastest runner
– I am not the best engineer
– I am not the most talented musician
– I am not the best writer
– etc …
And I never will be.
And you know what? That is OK.
I know some people who seem to spend their life in an endless quest to convince everyone that they are the best, smartest, most talented, or whatever. It is a fruitless quest – because there is ALWAYS someone better than you. I remember my freshman year in college where everyone in my class had been the best at math and physics in their high school … and suddenly were surrounded by thousands of others in the same position. I thought it was awesome – but realized many didn’t share my enthusiasm.
I have also seen some who realize that there is someone better than them at something and more or less give up. It is a sort of ‘if I can’t be best, why bother?’ attitude … to which I reply – you’ll NEVER be the absolute best, but you can probably be pretty darn good if you keep at it.
So what? I honestly believe the stress and energy spent figuring out who is better than whom takes a huge toll on us as people, on our communities and on the companies we work for. Rather than positively contributing to a team effort, we are battling for the most credit, or the top position … and while in some areas that can produce positive results, in most it is detrimental.
My solution? Keep your focus on being the best YOU that you can be.
How do you feel about humility and motivation?
When in doubt … Star Wars!