The Virtue of Practicing Humility Amidst Success

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Behind every success, humility should be in action. If a person does not have any sense of humility, then what is the point of success at all? Humility is all about being humble mostly at the times of succeeding. It would be better when a person is in the peak of his/her success but still stays humble.

From the Bible, “All who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humbled themselves will be exalted.” This literally explains that those people who are not humble, there will come a time that they would realize being humble is a huge thing. Just for example, a rich person always boasts out his/her wealth. To other people, it looks so annoying because wealth should not been boasted to everybody, thus, it should be shared to those who need some.

Humility is often related with leadership. We all know that leadership requires having self-knowledge, self-control, and self-esteem. To be an effective leader, you must earn respect from other people. After earning some respect, there is a need to maintain it at every aspect. When you are a leader, think as a leader. Do not think like you are the boss and you are top of everybody else. A leader should keep in mind that his/her followers are like his/her brothers and sisters. He/She must be fair at everyone and everything. Rick Warren once said, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” In leadership, it can be tempting to become enamoured with status. However, it is crucial that leaders focus on their staff more than they focus on themselves. So, just practice humility in order to be a successful leader. Here are some things how to be a humble leader: (1) be open to other’s opinions not only thinking that all your perspectives should be followed. (2) Always look out for your followers and care about them. (3) Admit mistakes eventually when you did something which is not pleasant to the eyes of many. (4) Accept ambiguity or know when to take charge, when to let go, and do not try to force everything to go on your own way. (5) Have self-reflection and let other people do their jobs.

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In Les Misérables, a musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper during 2012 became famous at that time. One of the character roles in there is Fantine who was portrayed by Anne Hathaway. Anne Hathaway is a famous actress born to have a golden voice. So she was asked to sing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ in the said musical film. Despite of having an opportunity to make her voice while singing it so good to hear with the use of advancements in musical technology, she still preferred singing that song with her own real and powerful voice. Though the outcome did not turn out as expected, the scene when she sang became successful. Later on, many critics and other stars would have thought that she would going to use some auto tunes. She gave justice to the song that much at an extent of making a huge emphasis on her character as Fantine. Well that sounds good to hear really enough.

Akiane, a 13-year-old art prodigy who makes millions from her paintings stays humble as she is. No one in her family is very good in drawing or painting. She has this unbelievable talent in painting. She uses a lot of creativity and imagination by expressing it through art. Since the age of four, she keeps on making paintings and then later on it became her hobby. All of her masterpiece costs thousand dollars or can be million! On her home, she is the bread-winner. Her attitude towards her family did not change. She did not prioritize herself only but she also shares half of her wealth to her parents and siblings who guide her and help her carry out specific roles in her business. According to an interview with Akiane, she said that, “Being the money-maker in this house is a huge responsibility. But actually, when I paint I just don’t feel like I’m making the money. I’m making the business, but it just feels like I’m having the fun with the painting” And that’s how all her works are like magic. On top of the wealth and treasure they have got from her paintings, all of her family members stayed humble just like her.

The famous star Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence acquired enough money to use for expensive things and to buy luxuries in life. Many people in Hollywood and even in outside Hollywood recognize Jennifer Lawrence as an inspiration for young and teenage girls and make large impacts to those girls so that they can stop holding their negativity in life and move forward. According to a news report, Jennifer Lawrence said that “There are shows that are showing generations of young people to judge based on the wrong values. That it’s okay to point at people and call them ugly or fat. We have to stop treating each other like that and stop calling each other fat.” She stayed humble despite being that so perfect woman that everybody would not count the chance to be like her.

As you know Johnny Depp who shined as Willy Wonka, Jack Sparrow, and others, he formed a huge name in Hollywood also just like Jennifer Lawrence. The spotlights that should be looking at him while walking along the red carpet got sad for he avoids people as much as possible. He was known to be spending his life all alone rather than being outdoors with some other wealthy people. He is so shy whenever he gets an attention from others. Success is in his hands but then he just holds it and let it be there in his hands.

There you go. You know the people who become famous or whatever, they stayed humble in life. Learn to practice humility amidst success and good luck to you!

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