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Three Reasons Why Staying Humble Is the Key to Success 

by | Jun 5, 2024 | Mindset

Humility is the key ingredient in some of the most successful people in the world—the ones who everyone seems to be naturally drawn to. While some people may be extremely influential, wealthy, or accomplished, they don’t flaunt it. If anything, they strive to be the best leader possible for those around them, to help others chart their own path to greatness. Here’s how staying humble can lead to long-term success (and make you a generally more enjoyable person to be around). 

Staying humble allows you to invite others in.  

There’s nothing quite like listening to someone go on and on about their own life with no regard for anyone else. Unfortunately, this is human nature.  

A major ingredient to success is collaboration. It’s not likely that you’re going to achieve your goals without a bit of help from those around you: Humans need other humans. Rather than making everything about you, make a point of inviting others to the conversation. Ask for their ideas, appreciate their perspective, and show that you’re genuinely invested in what they have to say.  

Staying humble challenges you to express gratitude.  

It’s no surprise that gratitude and humility go hand in hand. When we are grateful for all that we have, we tend to focus more of our attention on outward things like the people around us, rather than on our own lives and problems. As C.S. Lewis once said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” 

There are so many ways you can show how thankful you are. The first is simply to say it … tell people how much they mean to you, and say “thank you” as often as possible. Get into the habit of writing down three things you’re grateful for every morning when you wake up, to get yourself into the right mindset.

Staying humble brings out the human in you.  

At the end of the day, we’re all human and none of us are perfect. We make mistakes and we come up a little short sometimes. What sets humble people apart is how they react after a disappointment. They realize that they’re not above making mistakes and failures—in fact, they welcome them because they know experience can be the greatest teacher.

Instead of complaining or worrying about what others might think, a humble person will put their head down and continue to keep working until they get it right. Ultimately, this mindset will likely lead to a more successful future.  

Humility changes you for the better. 

Take a look at your own life … are you leading with humility? This is a key aspect of success, and one that many people overlook. Focus on staying humble, and you might just find your life starting to change for the better.  

We talked a lot about gratitude in this blog, and we have more resources for you to help! Check out our blog on how to start a gratitude journal