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Humble vs Success…

This week’s prompt for
In Other Words:

At home, I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know.
 Humble people, I have found, don’t get very far.”

Muhammad AliAli

I can’t say I agree with the man.
I guess it depends on your definition of humble and success.

If by humble you mean someone who feels
insignificant, unimportant, or inferior;
then it is true they won’t get far.
But if a humble person is one who
is modest, unpretentious, polite, and respectful;
there is nothing to say they will not go far.

If  being successful is measured only by
wealth, fame, or one’s position and status, honors and triumphs;
being humble would, perhaps be difficult, but not impossible.

It may be that humble people do not seem as successful as prideful people
because they do not tell the world, in all available news and social media,
of their achievements, accomplishments, and prosperity.

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12 thoughts on “Humble vs Success…

  1. There are lots of people that are so full of themselves that nothing else matters but them. What Kate Crimmins said about Mother Teresa and Ghandi. I think she’s spot on.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

    1. Sad isn’t it? In the end, I do wonder if the prideful are happy. Nice to see you, Sandee. Teddy is so mad about, not posting on Awww Mondays!

  2. I totally agree! I am pretty turned off by people who think too much of themselves – I’m gonna root for the humble person most of the time. I want to see someone win/succeed/achieve when they are humble, and I’m way more likely to support someone like that.

    1. Me, too. It gets tiresome hearing about how great some people are…mostly from their own mouths. I won’t deny their success and the work it takes to reach goals but, let’s not forget about the people who were a help along the way. No one is successful without help.

    1. I really don’t know a lot about Ali. I do believe he is a more humble person now then when he was young and cocky. Time will do that.

  3. Patricia, I am dealing with somewhat in promoting my books, as the publisher keeps wanting me to spend more money to be more visible. I just want to write, put my stories out there, and then keep writing, maybe with an occasional book signing. Not in it for the money, a concept they don’t understand. Today I think of Martin Luther King and the sorrow that his visibility brought eventually, despite the huge accomplishment. In his case, being silent would never have been the benefit it has been.

    1. I don’t think humble people are always silent. I think many are spokespersons for important causes and for themselves as well. They just don’t take all the credit, acknowledging others that help them along the way, knowing no one does a great thing by themselves.
      Best wishes for the success of your book. You may not be in it for the money, but no doubt the publisher is.

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