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The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
-- William Cowper
 

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2000

Humility

Those who are sincerely humbled by their own accomplishments will go on to accomplish even greater things. Those who bask in the praise and let it go to their heads will grow weaker and less effective as a result.

Praise can make you smug and complacent, or it can challenge you to even greater accomplishments. It all depends on what you make of it. It’s great to take pride in your work, but a serious mistake to have pride as the driving force behind your efforts.

Pride can blind you to the valuable perspectives of others. It directs your energy toward impressing yourself rather than improving yourself.

Sincere and confident humility can take you a long, long way. It is a quiet, potent and positive force. Rather than shouting it listens. And learns. And ultimately achieves.

— Ralph Marston

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