teaching your children humility can help them throughout their life

Humble? Successful? These Two Words Fit Like a Glove!

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C.S. Lewis said “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” Being humble is an important characteristic, and something that every teen should learn. Humility is a trait that others appreciate, and people are drawn to those who are humble.

What Does Being Humble Mean?

Telling your teen to be humble simply does not work. Your teen (indeed even your younger children) need to understand what humility is and how to achieve this goal. Explain to them that staying humble can of course include winning, but it means not bragging about the win. Humility does not mean you cannot be successful. But it means not making a point of your success, or rubbing your success in the face of others. According to Ernest Hemingway “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

Never Get Full of Yourself

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” –Mahatma Gandhi. Being humble allows one to develop a deeper relationship with others and the world around you. Humility is both honorable and peaceful. Arrogance can lead to chaos and dishonor.

Humble Teens Can Lead to Even More Success

When you understand why humility is so important, and when you understand how to be humble, you can be many steps closer to success (a humble success). The key to being humble is to realize that you are not better than others. Let others talk about your accomplishments while you stay silent. This is a sign of true success. Be proud of your accomplishments, and strive to succeed, but do it without bragging or feeling superior to others. Work on being humble daily, and find that you will be rewarded with deeper friendships and more meaningful connections in life.

What does being humble mean to you? We really want to know, please comment below.

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