Humility is not a new subject to many people. Many will quickly say there’s nothing new anyone can teach them about humility. I don’t disagree. I really do not have anything to teach anybody about humility. What I want to do here is to share what I have experienced about this virtue which I place at the same level as the four cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, courage and temperance and to say how I think we can exploit it to take us to the top in blogging.
Before I get on to the real business of the day, let me underscore a truth which is important. Even if I do not have anything new to say anybody about humility, it is fact that there are still many new things which can be said about humility. There are always new ways of looking at everything. We are still scratching knowledge at the surface and thus it is worthwhile being humble to listen to what others may have to propose on issues that we may already know so much about.
That said, if I brought up this topic, it is so that we may see how humility comes into play when it comes to learning which as I have said elsewhere is a vital ingredient for success in life. I have already handled learning in It’s good to learn. If you haven’t read this post, I recommend it to you. Meanwhile, in 6 tips that will motivate people to support your work, I talk about humility. I encourage you also to read that post if you haven’t done so.
I know from experience that humility can enable us to learn more and better and gain useful knowledge which we, otherwise, would not gain. I believe that every human being I come across is a potential teacher to me – someone from whom I can gain some new knowledge. Galileo Galilei, the great Italian astronomer, physicist, mathematician, inventor, and philosopher who lived from 1564 to 1642, actually taught this. He is quoted as having said, ‘I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.”
The point we want to make here is, to learn and enhance your chances of success you must not dismiss or undermine any source of knowledge. Learn from top-ranking persons if you can, but do not dismiss the common people. They are a source of vital knowledge. Your driver, house-help, cook, and the man on the street can teach you something life transforming. It takes humility to learn from such people; and a necessity to do so. This is the key we are trying to hit.
David Duchovny says “If you’re smart, you’ll always be humble. You can learn all you want, but there’ll always be somebody who’s never read a book who’ll know twice what you know.” David Duchovny (Brainy Quotes)
This is right. We see it on a daily basis if we travel with our eyes and ears open. Hear what Rachael Ray says: “Never be a food snob. Learn from everyone you meet – the fish guy at your market, the lady at the local diner, farmers, cheese makers. Ask questions, try everything and eat up!” Rachael Ray (Brainy Quotes)
It is in the light of the foregoing that I brought up this topic of humility in learning. It is not only in the classroom that we learn: “You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.” Saint Bernard (Brainy Quotes)
I learned ICT from students who did their internship under my supervision. When I moved to my present position, I learned a good number of things from my staff. My driver has taught me many things so too my Secretary. Back at home, my spouse and kids are my teachers. When I get stuck on the web, they are the ‘experts’ I rush to for help and they are always ready to help and to teach me.
One thing that I have done all my life has been to advice people about life issues such as to succeed in life, in marriage, in relationship with others, working together with others, bringing out the best in oneself. But I have only succeeded in doing this because I am open to learning. I welcome new knowledge, new ideas wherever they come from.
At a certain time in my career, I mistakenly thought I already knew so much about certain subjects that there was nothing I could learn from any person. What foolish pride indeed! Unfortunately, it led me to turn down invitations to attend a Marriage Encounter Week-End for five good years. In the end, we accepted to go only to please our new neighbors who invited us because we wanted to develop a good relationship with them.
Can you guess how it turned out?
When we got there, by some inspiration, we took the decision to be humble and pay full attention to the talks. As the Week-End progressed, I began to discover and learn many things I had not known about marriage. By Sunday evening, I was a completely transformed person. It did not end there. I became a champion of promoting the week end to other couples. Ever since, my spouse and I have been at the forefront of helping new couples live the Marriage Encounter Original Week-End experience and helping couples in their matrimonial lives.
This is because we took the responsible decision to be humble during that week-end. Those who are familiar with the great stories of the bible know some of the biblical giants like Joseph who was such a humble person and was lifted so high as the custodian of the Only Begotten Son of God. Mary was favored by God but she remained humble and went and stayed with her cousin Elizabeth, and still accepted to marry the humble man Joseph.
Where does all this lead us to? What is our take home?
This calls us to be humble and interact with even people who are lower than we if we know we can learn from them; if we know they can help us succeed. If I know that bowing to you I will get the help I need to achieve what I want to achieve, why should I not bow to you if there is nothing morally incorrect in doing so? There are people who are better bloggers than me but they know that publishing on this site can add two or more new friends to their readership. What do they do? They humble themselves and publish here. They do not lose anything by doing that. Instead, they gain. That is wisdom on their part.
I have gone all this length to come to how humility can help us bloggers attain our blogging goals. To become a star blogger, you must be ready to humble yourself, in addition to other strategies, to learn from or get help everybody you come across in the blogging community in order to win more readers. Nobody here should be considered too small, too new, too young, too old or too inexperienced to offer you something – inspiration, motivation, encouragement, hint, advice, tip, guidelines etc,that can lift you to the sky in blogging and in life.