Humility Matters


Today is Monday. It’s Monday Message, and here we are marching through August. I saw this quote that made me think. You can see by the background. It’s on one of our core value topics, which is humble.

A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant.

As I think about that, I look at situations in my own life personally and within the company over time that I am grateful for. Some of the mistakes I’ve made have humbled me and kept me grounded and focused on doing the right thing. They’ve kept me from thinking that I’m all that and a bag of chips if you know what I mean. Our humility matters, and being humble (if it takes a mistake), I’ve seen people who have made mistakes and blame others. Well, that’s not learning the lesson, right? It is so much better to learn from the mistake and to grow from the mistake, and become better than you were yesterday. Right? To compete constantly with the person you were in the past.

I don’t tend to really focus a lot on comparing myself or even our company with other companies and what they’re doing. Do we pay attention to what other companies are doing? Sure, do we look for great innovative ways from other kinds of places to, and dream up better and innovative ways? And I’ve seen other companies copy us, and sometimes the best form of flattery is when somebody is trying to copy what you do. But in that place, even remain humble and recognize that there’s really nothing new under the sun.

Our humility matters, and that’s why it’s one of our core values.

It’s why we focus on it so deeply, because what we do matters, and how we respond through what we do toward both client and community and team members and our relationship with each other. The humble way is the better way, and regardless of your mistakes and what mistakes you’ve made, learn from the lesson from the mistake. But at the same time, get better, keep striving to do better, wrap your arms around other people that can learn from others that have gone before you so that you’re not having to try it all again all by yourself.

So on this Monday, our humility matters, what we do matters, and if you’ve made a mistake here recently, use it as a learning lesson, not a stumbling block for your failure. But a learning lesson and a block from which to step up and grow from, as opposed to something that holds you back or keeps you down. And don’t get arrogant if you’re achieving right now, if you’re in the limelight and you’re being prosperous in the things that you do and being taken notice, don’t let that embolden you to think that you’re all that and a bag of chips, because tomorrow you might just stumble and fall, and it might be your own shoes that are untied because you’re not looking in the right direction, and you’re not paying attention to what might hold you back tomorrow.

All right, guys, God bless you. Have a wonderful rest of your week. I’ll see you next week. Talk to you later. Bye, see ya.