Humility: The Spirit of Learning

In chapter 2 of Sometimes You Win—Sometimes You Learn, author John Maxwell discusses the critical importance of humility.


He writes, “Pride is concerned about who’s right. Humility is concerned about what’s right.” I love the immense wisdom contained within this short but powerful statement. Following this reality is a key element to achieving true leadership excellence!


Maxwell goes on to say,


“Those who profit from adversity possess a spirit of humility and are therefore inclined to make the necessary changes needed to learn from their mistakes, failures, and losses. They stand in stark contrast to the prideful people who are unwilling to allow adversity to be their teacher and as a result fail to learn.”


Live and demonstrate humility. Be humble—be open, be honest, be receptive, be responsive. Change your attitude and perspective from expert to learner. Live and demonstrate the true joy and abundance resulting from a spirit of learning.


“People with a lot of talent often perform at a high-level, but the greatest—the absolute best of the best—achieve the highest heights because they possess the spirit of learning.”


Make it a deeply engrained habit. Be humble—be open, be honest, be receptive, be responsive. Be a humble learner and you will become an even more successful leader!


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