Humility – the quality of being modest.
False Humility – the quality of low self-esteem. HOW TO BUILD YOUR SELF-ESTEEM
For a very long time I thought that I was being the most humble person ever. Every time I was asked to do something I knew I was perfectly capable of doing, my brain would immediately suggest ‘be humble’, say you cannot do it so you do not outshine the next person who might or might not be able to do the task🤦🏾♀️
Then boom, 🤯 I learnt that what I have known my entire life was false. Okay maybe not this dramatic but you catch my drift. 😉
Let me give you perfect examples of when you are being humble and when it’s a total false humility:
Genuine humility ;
A. Jackie Chan is what most people would probably refer to as a legend. He has turned in many incredible performances in all his years as an actor. He is funny, does crazy stunts and very easy on the eye. Has been recognized for his amazing body of work all over the world. While many actors and celebrities are arrogant, Jackie’s humility during his interviews can be seen even by the blind, as he speaks of how grateful he is for the many opportunities, acknowledging how tasking the roles were, and how great it was to work with an incredible crew.
B. I also find parenting very humbling. You literally cook, wipe baby butts, and clean after a bunch of kids(sometimes an ungrateful bunch), and you do this absolutely free of charge.
C. Let’s take the story of the birth of my greatest hero Jesus Christ. Though a God, but he was born in a manger. A very humbling environment, a stable. During his public ministry, even though he was a king, he owned nothing and did not have a property to his name.
D. A very typical one is when you let a person who is in a big rush go before you in a queue. Some might consider this nonsense but consider the amount of your ego you laid aside in other for someone to be put before you.
One who has an inferiority complex can never be really humble, but can only have false modesty or false humility. – Sri Chinmoy
E. You are part of a growing group, an opportunity pops up and there is need for a leader in the group. You’ve had experiences in leading positions and know that you are completely capable of guiding the group and taking up that responsibility, but you decline the position even after so many group members have nominated you. I consider this type of humility not just false but just plain stupid.
F. A person with the false humility syndrome is easily offended. They can’t even laugh at themselves when joked about by other people.
There is false humility and genuine humility and between them, there is a desire of the practitioner to become humble. – Radhanath Swami
It’s imperative to know the difference between genuine humility and false humility to be a leader and take charge of your life. While there are a thousand and one other relatable humbling experiences out there, I managed to think up these few…so please share other classic instances of genuine and false humility. Comment them below.
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