Work Hard, Stay Humble | 5 Reminders of Humility in Entrepreneurship
Humility in essence is the ability to remain modest in regards to one’s ability, circumstance, and / or situation. This modesty doesn’t negate success nor does it brag about triumphs. It does, however, promote a self-awareness of the steps in which brought a person or organization to where it is today. Such awareness also recognizes that where one is today, may or may not be where one is tomorrow. Furthermore, that modesty is shaped by respect and gratitude for the successes and failures that forged the current situation.
Humility may be a rarity, however, for those that possess it, it is one that continues to shape his or her ability to steadfastly move forward with grace and dignity to each client and endeavor. Humility reminds us that:
- Success is not permanent. Unless one is independently wealthy, one started small, with next to nothing to get to where one is today. Just like success didn't happen overnight, success isn't going to be permanent. Recognizing the actions, people, and ideas that got one to this stage will need to be continued, nurtured, and grown. This reminds one not to stop doing the essential actions that lead up to success of today.
- Giving before getting is essential. The give more, take less mentality illustrates an invested, empathetic, and respectful nature in dealing with clients, employees, communities, and vendors. As Maya Angelou stated, “people may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” Respect, empathy, and trust can help one to give more to build stronger relationships that will then build a stronger foundation for success.
- Admitting when wrong and moving forward. One isn’t always right. Being able to step back and recognize that one is not right, that another idea is better, or there are other, more effective ways of doing things aids in maintaining a humble nature. The ego would love to stir up the emotional rightness aspect, but it is essential to be at peace with knowing one isn't always right, and being open to solutions, alternatives, and people that can help one move forward more effectively. This also goes a long way with mentoring teams, clients, and professional affiliations.
- Putting your clients’ or organization’s goals ahead yours. Passion may have got one into business, but clients help to keep one in business. That being said, putting one’s own needs behind that of the clients may help to exponentially grow the returns of both clients and oneself. This is a rarity in many industries. Having this characteristic puts one on right path to building and maintaining strong relationships with clients, referrals, and vendors.
- Giving gratitude to those that helped to get you to where you are today. Not one of us got to where we are today to without the influence of another. Acknowledging the game changers in one’s life can be a cycle of appreciation that is reciprocated and continued through others. This includes positive and negative influencers that shaped who one is and his or her way of doing business. Whether one just internalizes those that contributed to the successes and failures along the way or reaches out, the key is to be aware, and be grateful for such encounters, experiences, and individuals.
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In all, humility reminds one to be modest, respectful, and empathetic to ourselves, clients, employees, vendors and communities. Humility has become a rarity, however, those that practice it, appreciate it, and people that see it, cherish it. Humility makes peace with past, present, and future endeavors, and exhibits an energy of maturity, compassion, and respect for what has been and what will become.
As Ernest Hemingway so eloquently stated, “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”
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by Katie Doseck, MBA, Ph.D.
Chief Visionary and Strategic Ace Up Your Sleeve | Viral Solutions LLC