Humility for Success – Living Skills – Meditation for today

by mikea44646 on August 12, 2009

“What God hath wrote!”

“What God hath wrote!”

In my various endeavors in life and in my “Leadership” roles (father, scout leader, administrator, community organizations, etc.), it is important for me to remember to give credit where credit id due.  I believe a leader is only as good as those who follow and support him.  And while people want strong leaders, they also want Good leaders.  I think that one of the more important character traits found in a “Good” leader is “Humility.”




Humility can be defined as “Truth” or “Honesty” and when applied to self it means acknowledging our strengths and our weaknesses.  I also think that it is important that we take the talents and use them for the greater good.   In my case, I ask “how I am using my given talents to help others?”  This is a measuring stick I use to know if I am on a right path and if I am likely to be navigating in a right direction. This is something we teach in the Living Skills curriculum as part of the Character Education at The Family Foundation School.


In my personal journey, I have made a connection to my inner spiritual life through the practice of the 12 steps found in many “self help” J programs and though active participation in formalized religion. The two are not the same. The later is the means by which I explore spirituality.  The relevance here is that by being open to the fundamental idea that “Humility” is an important character trait for success, I will look for it in my life and I will embrace opportunities for growth. One opportunity is through daily meditation and prayer.  Another opportunity is what I am doing, sharing with others my experiences. For me, sharing helps me stay focused – I have to “Give it away to keep it.”  


Here are some expressions I have heard along the way and have found useful:

  • “The proud man trusts in himself.  The humble man trusts in God, fully aware of both his personal weaknesses and the strengths and talents that he has to offer.”
  • “The proud man or woman is a self-made person and how he or she loves his Maker.”
  • “Honesty is the Best Policy”
  • “Learn from your mistakes”
  • HOW to succeed at anything requires Honest – Open-mindedness – Willingness
  • “EGO = Easing God Out of my live”
  • “There is no ‘I’ in Team
  • “Give credit where credit is due”

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Ripples — Stepping Stone Partners
August 29, 2009 at 3:40 pm

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Drew Clement August 13, 2009 at 11:08 am

I simply cannot disagree with the ideas and thoughts in this article in any way. In many ways spirituality is humility and vice versa. One cannot truly be in touch with their inner soul without realizing that there is always more to learn, more to grow from, and other people who know just as much as you.

It brings me to another article I read the other that discussed how enlightenment no longer exists, and that we should give up trying. In my eyes enlightenment absolutely does exist. However any one who has truly reached enlightenment would never speak out about it and praise themselves for their achievement.

thanks for sharing, great article. Lets all stay grounded.


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