How to be humble?

When I studied overseas (living far away from my parents), I reminded myself daily to be polite (以礼待人) and humble (虚怀若谷), so that I could learn more things in a short amount of time.

Being humble allows us to free ourselves from pride and prejudices.

According to Clay Christensen of Harvard Business School, humble people have a high level of self-esteem.

Humility is essential for learning and earning for lives. To quote Clay, “By the time you make it to a top graduate school, almost all your learning has come from people who are smarter and more experienced than you: parents, teachers, bosses. But once you’ve finished at Harvard Business School or any other top academic institution, the vast majority of people you’ll interact with on a day-to-day basis may not be smarter than you. And if your attitude is that only smarter people have something to teach you, your learning opportunities will be very limited. But if you have a humble eagerness to learn something from everybody, your learning opportunities will be unlimited.”

An ancient saying summarized the humility that allows one to learn, “三人行,必有我师”. The Master said, “When I walk along with two others, they may serve me as my teachers. I will select their good qualities and follow them, and avoid their bad qualities.”

To be humble:

  1. love ourselves so we feel good about ourselves and have a high level of self-esteem.




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