The Power of Humility

Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.

~ Confucius

Many of us come from humble beginnings. We make something of ourselves through the pursuit of knowledge, integrity, hard work, and of course, many other things play a vital role in this as well.

Some people, however, get a thrill from boasting about their accomplishments or showing off their possessions. They’ve convinced themselves that they’re better than others. The fact is, some allow success go to their head, and they find a sense satisfaction from pushing people around. That’s wrong.

People who are humble know the truth about themselves. They understand their strengths without bragging. They understand their weaknesses without making excuses. Humility is the act of being modest, reverential, even at times politely submissive. It is the opposite of aggression, arrogance, pride, and vanity. And on the surface, it can appear to empty its holder of all power. But on the contrary, it grants enormous power to its owner.

The truth is, all the money and material objects in the world doesn’t make you a better person. It simply means that you have more of them. Real wealth is achieved by appreciating what you already have in life. After all, money can’t buy everything. It can’t buy a close-knit family, good friends, a clear conscience, among other things, a happy home.

Behind the scenes, humility works in a very subtle way that slowly magnetizes people toward you. It does this because it wins people’s trust, and respect. That is something that you cannot buy, nor demand, it must be earned. And those whom we trust, honor and respect will always have the greatest influence over our lives.

There is a fine line when it comes to sharing our success, in all things balance is needed. Let us try not to let success go to our head. Be humble. Humility is a sign of strength, not weakness. Acknowledging our shortcomings and failures is a vital part of humility. It is impossible to move forward without a clear assessment of what needs improvement.  People with humility possess an inner peace. They’re modest about their achievements, grounded in their values, and they have nothing to prove to others. They’re down to earth, comfortable in their own skin, and quietly proud.

How do you feel about humility? Share your thoughts with us below.




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4 thoughts on “The Power of Humility

    • Carmela Dutra Post author

      Hi Tracy,
      Thanks for stopping by this week to share your thoughts on the power of humility. This is a topic I’m finding myself to be reflecting on more and more lately. Just seems to be so many people are becoming less in less humble, and is evident in daily activities.

      Thanks again for stopping by!

  • Andrew Jensen

    I find that humility has two parts.

    1) You stated the first part quite eloquently. I couldn’t have said it any better. I would only add that this can be extremely hard to accomplish.

    2) Maybe the harder part of humility is recognizing the value of everyone we encounter regardless of their circumstances. Humility before a judge, a boss, a person of power, etc. can bring out humbleness. But at the same time seeing someone in need, say the dirty, scruffy homeless man, or seeing someone who has wronged us can easily cause us to cross the street to avoid them. The humility needed to see their value over our own, to put aside our preconceived notion of how low they are can be difficult. The perception that someone of lower status than ourselves has more value than us requires our sense of self worth and place to be of lesser concern.