While editing last week’s Monday Motivation, I received a bit of inspiration.
If you need a refresher, here is the quote we published:
How true have I found this to be!
While at first glance it seems manipulative, the fundamentals are true. The times that I’ve gotten the most are the times when the two cornerstones are in place- humble and genuiness.
I know that being humble isn’t really the “feel good” message that we like to hear and share but I believe in this wholeheartedly.
Here’s what I believe humbleness does for you:
- Your mistakes are more likely met with grace
- The pressure is significantly decreased because
- You are a more likeable person
The reason these are important is because in leadership and in life there are many times when we don’t meet the mark.
We will fail all the time.
However, through these failures, we still have to try to maintain the team that we have built. This team can be one that you work with on down to your family and friends.
Think about it, if one of your friends let you down, would you rather have them come to you and apologize- admitting their wrong. Or would you respond better to them if they were to negate any responsibility?
But there is another part to this.
Being humble is important but if there is nothing genuine in the mix, it is almost irrelevant.
The genuine piece is what I find most beautiful. As a matter of fact, when I completed my first radio interview, I was asked what do I look for when choosing writers. My response?
I look for people that bring an honesty to the table…
Being genuine is something that I believe has helped me to become the person I am. No one else is me and no one else has been through the same things I have.
The same goes for you.
There is only one you. Let that you shine.
But don’t let you shine so much that you lose touch of others.
Use your life and story to help others. That’s the battle.
Oh my goodness, that is a battle.
But in the end, it’s worth it. Humble yourself but be genuine.
That is my tip for Writer’s Wednesday.
P.S. Being humble does not mean being a punching bag. But that is a whole different post.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!