Be Humble

Following on the heels of being open, we need to be humble when we do something great.  I know there are times when I haven’t been best at this, but I try often to not boast about that I have done well or when I get that promotion. 

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show off that new algorithm you have created or the new method you have used to solve world peace.  Great work hidden from the world will not help anyone.  When you have found a new way to do something, let everyone know.  Create a blog, write it down, and share it with the world. 

I have worked with people that are boastful about how great they are and at the end of the day you expect them to be as good as they say.  The problem with these people is that when they fail, they fail spectacularly.  They build themselves up so much that when they do fall they fall hard.  Be humble, say you don’t know when you don’t know, ask for help, let others be there for you and you will find that you will gain more respect that saying you know everything.

Remember your work should speak for itself.  If you have done well you don’t need to tell everyone how well you did with it, let them see it for themselves. 

Do you see a person wise in their own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool than for them. – Proverbs 26:12