Humility may not be the easiest trait to own, but it is certainly one of the most attractive. People want to be around humble individuals, it is inspiring. Nothing is more impressive than a successful, yet humble person.
Nobody likes a jerk!
As I am writing this post, I reminded of the words from a Davis Mac song;
Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble
when you’re perfect in every way.
I can’t wait to look in the mirror
cause I get better looking each day.
If you want to be your best, and influence others, then you should take a different approach towards life.
The Ego Boost
There tends to be a lack of humility in professions where BIG money is common. Athletes, actors, and even network marketers, fall into this category. Over my years in this great industry, I have gotten to know many top producers, some of which have been jerks, and many who have been extremely humble and kind to others.
Success in network marketing can be a big ego boost. Shortly after my first burst of success, I was asked to speak at a company conference. I can remember what it felt like for people to actually want to hear what I had to say for the first time. Ironically, six months earlier, I was a struggling rep trying to find my way, but that didn’t seem to matter. I had arrived! It was gratifying to feel like others were looking up to me, but I must admit it was also uncomfortable. How am I any different from anyone else with a burning desire and willingness to work? Yes, I’ve had some success, but so have many others, and so will anyone else that chooses to do so.
Here Are a Few Ways To Practice Humility:
- Remain coachable and teachable
- Don’t boast about your accomplishments, unless using your story to inspire
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
- Appreciate the talents of others
- Always ask for input from others when making tough decisions
Great Examples, and Non-Examples, of Humility
First, I will give you an example of arrogance, the opposite of humility. I will not name any names, but I encountered this individual at an industry conference a few years back. This owner of a very successful company was on stage talking, and although he was giving some good advice, he struck me as an “ego-maniac.” He referenced the famous scene from Jerry Maguire when Tom Cruise tells Renee Zellweger that she completes him. He said, “no one completes me. I am complete all by myself, and I make you better.” Now, I understand we all have to be complete on our own, and, I understand that we can’t get our happiness from another person, but this was a comment he would have been better off avoiding. The funny thing is, most people didn’t even flinch because this is what they expected from this individual!
Now, for an example of humility, Robert Stevanavovski and Greg Provenzano, two co-founders of a very successful, top 100 company in our industry, ACN. Robert and Greg are perhaps the nicest, most humble, individuals I have ever met, especially at their level of success. Instead of boasting or bragging about their success they express extreme gratitude towards the leaders in their company. In addition, they are more than happy to lend a helping hand. I was fortunate enough to spend the day with Robert back in 2009, right before my partners and I launched Numis. I was able to pick his brain and get valuable insight regarding the venture my partners and I were about to embark on. He had nothing to gain from spending a day of his time with me, but he did because he is gracious. He understands the impact you make on others when you give and help. I strive to be more like him everyday.
Which one of the individuals would you choose to model and learn from?
So, my challenge to you is this; no matter if you are a million dollar producer or just getting started in our industry, have humility. Be nice to people. Understand that in life, and especially network marketing, you can’t ever be successful without the help of many.
Wishing you all the success you will allow yourself to have!