It is becoming increasingly popular for people, in social media as in real life, to want to show the world the trappings of their success. These are essentially the designer clothes, jewellery and cars which give the outward appearance of wealth and achievement. The original meaning of the word trappings was the bridle and saddle decoration which riders would put on their horses to show how powerful and privileged they were. In modern terms, however, trappings has come to mean peacocking and showing off. In short, people are tying their sense of self-esteem and self-worth to material goods and this needs to stop.
We need to stop feeding the narcissism and over-the-top self confidence of these people and deny them the attention which they crave. Of course, everyone should be able to celebrate their successes, but as with all good things it should be done in moderation. Instead we should be glorifying those who achieve greatly yet remain humble. The humble achievers. These humble achievers are not just found in the business arena, but in all areas. These are the people who have discovered their motivation and inspiration, determined their goals and set out on a journey to achieve them. They share their journey with others , so that they might in turn learn from them and be encouraged to define their own goals and embark on their own pursuit of them.
The humble achievers are those who choose to document their journey and process, with all its ups and downs, rather than the end result. They are as open about the hard work and challenges which they face on a daily basis on their journey towards their goals, as they are about the fact that they do not know everything and occasionally make mistakes. They are not driven by fame or social status, but rather their “why” and their purpose.
Here are a few more traits which the humble tend to have in common;
- They engage with others and listen to their opinions
- They accept that they have limitations and are open about them
- They are considerate of others and their needs
- They are open about their mistakes, taking responsibility for them and sharing what they have learned.
- They reflect on what they have learned, how far they have come and how far they have yet to go. They are driven to keep learning, growing and developing.
I’ll leave you with quote from Laszlo Bock, Head of People Operations at Google;
“Without humility, you are unable to learn,”