Posted by: David D. Daggett | August 30, 2010

Performing Humbly

Performing Humbly

       There is a theory that to be truly humble, you have to at some point been humbled. Perhaps that is one reason why I tend to meet so many Ironman champions who are humble. The sheer difficulty of the training and event breaks people. At some point most all, even the best, have been broken at some point.

Ben Hoffman – Ironman USA Champion

A common trait for these people is that when they get knocked down they get back up . . . again, again, and again if needed. They tend not to get arrogant and remain humble about their achievements. Humble does not mean thinking less of ourselves. It is just not thinking too much of ourselves. Humble people remain down to earth and have proper perspective.

Many times in conversations and discussion we see folks confuse humble with not succeeding, excelling, or winning. Being humble does not mean being content with mediocrity; rather, it is understanding that excellence is a continual pursuit.

I was fortunate to have been able to speak with legendary basketball coach John Wooden. One of his winning principles was that when you score give the other guy credit. You elevate yourself by elevating others. Humble people elevate others. What a win-win!

Lack of humility leads to hypocrisy. If we act or believe that we have higher accomplishments, standards, or beliefs than is the case we are phonies. Nobody likes a phoney, including the phoney themselves.

Self aggrandizement causes pain and trouble. It seems like we have seen a continuous flow of this lately. Celebrities, athletes, and politicians have fallen greatly just recently. Why? One reason is they are “me first” all the time.

Humble people are real people. Humility improves self esteem, and improves personal satisfaction and fulfilment. It gives us confidence to always improve our performance on our path toward excellence.

Working on humble performance,



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