Sklover’s Monday Thought: Humility

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“Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right.”

– Ezra Taft Benson

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Not too long ago I had the honor of meeting a person who is widely known to be one of the most effective people in the world at keeping people alive who have a certain serious health problem.

In our meeting, I observed a person who had views quite different than many of the experts in her field . . . yet not once did she describe them as mistaken or wrong. I saw her listen intently to those around her, none of whom were as knowledgeable as she was. In speaking, never once did she use professional jargon – that is, “big words” – to impress anyone in the room. And, too, she did not claim to know everything about everything; rather, she showed comfort in admitting that she was not an expert in all subspecialties and all circumstances.

These observations left with me a profound respect, a deep sense of trust, and an uncommon confidence in her and her abilities that remain with me to this moment.

At work as elsewhere, to readily share your weaknesses is to make yourself vulnerable; to show your vulnerabilities, though, is to show your strength. Accepting criticisms as graciously as you accept compliments is the truest demonstration of your humility.

Humility is not weakness. Rather, it is strength. It is not a fault, but one of the highest virtues. It is not to be feared, but rather to be cherished as an element of your character.

Want to become a tower among others? First you must build a strong foundation of humility. Then you will always have a strong wind at your back.

This valuable thought was recently offered to us by Roger W., a client of many years from Fort Collins, Colorado. I wasn’t surprised when we received it, as Roger is close to the epitome of humility . . . soft spoken, listens a whole lot more than he speaks, deeply devoted, and full of interest and enthusiasm for the views and perceptions of others. Thank you, Roger.

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