I think one of the best traits a person can have is to be humble.
By definition, being humble is to be: not proud or arrogant; modest: to be humble although successful.
I consider myself very successful in life, even if it doesn’t fit other’s views of what success is. Well, even what my views used to be.
I used to think your success was based on the financial stability you built in life, or the “nice” things you could buy with your “success”. But following this type of lifestyle will never fulfill you.
Why? Because there is always something else. You can buy, buy, buy all you want but it’s never going to change anyone’s long-term perception of you. Someone may compliment you on what you’re wearing, or your car, or the nice things in your home, but none of these things are true representations of you or your character.
So I consider myself successful. Why? Here’s a partial list:
1. I’m in good health.
2. I have many people who love and care about me, most importantly my wife & parents
3. All my basic needs are met and beyond
4. My job schedule is pretty normal, no odd hours
5. …which gives me more time to spend with my friends and family
There are plenty of other things I am thankful or am happy for. But I try to be as humble as I can, and work around the temptations to exceed the basic lifestyle I am trying to achieve.
What do you think about being humble? Is it important to you?