Do you think of yourself as a humble person? Whether you do or do not, how does being humble benefit you? Ever thought about that? Whenever you win at anything, you automatically want to puff your chest out and tell everyone about your victory! Don’t deny it, it is human nature. You feel stupendous when you gloat! Or do you?
Recently, I have split the covers of Rick Pitino’s The One Day Contract. I highly recommend reading this book, as it will enhance your daily life in so many ways, but most importantly it shows the importance of humility. Rick Pitino is a basketball coach who currently coaches the University of Louisville’s men’s basketball team and led them to a National Championship in the 2012-2013 season. I guess you could say that winning a national championship is a pretty big deal, right? Pitino is a well-experienced coach and could have attributed his team’s success to many different things. Yet, he attributed it all to humility. Humility is a building block of success.
WARNING: If you aren’t humble now, you will be. The lesson of humility comes to everyone eventually.
On humility: “Either you learn its value, or life DRILLS it into you – and life can be a painful teacher.” – Rick Pitino
This is one of the greatest lessons to be learned. If you haven’t been humble since day one, life will make you humble. Just when you feel that you are on top of the world, you can easily lose focus on your objectives and fail. Fail is such a harsh word. At Driven Vision, we love it. Failure isn’t looked at as a dead end or a hole that you’ve fallen into. Instead, failure is a turning point, a learning experience, and, as stated by Pitino, “fertilizer for future success”.
Failure teaches us to be humble. Then, once you experience success, you can look back on that moment of failure and remember that even when everything seems to be on the perfect track for greatness, you can’t let up. The smallest slip in focus could lead to a dreadful downfall.
You have dealt with teachers your entire life, but have you thought about if you are easy to teach? Are you coachable? Humble people are always willing to learn more and are ready to be taught how to improve. If you are able to take the time to accept and understand your failures, you quickly start to succeed in the very thing that you failed at.
I am willing to bet that sports teams that have had championship winning or undefeated seasons had some of the humblest coaches. I’ve already pointed out Pitino, but when you get 20 seconds to spare,
Google: ‘nick saban holding championship trophy’ or ‘bill belichick holding super bowl trophy’
Here are two examples of coaches who just won championships who could be going absolutely wild, but instead barely have a grin on their faces. Saban and Belichick had amazing performances to win it all, yet when they finally achieved it, they hoisted up the trophy probably only because it was what the fans wanted. Their selfless thoughts showed that it was way more about the team than about themselves.
These coaches and other humble people understand that their success will not last forever. The nation will forget who won the super bowl after a couple months, and then it all becomes about who is going to win next season? Same concept applies to your life. If you win today, you must continue to focus on the next win, and the next! Always be planning!
Here is what Rick Pitino tells all of his incoming freshman at the University of Louisvillle:
“High school is over. People telling you how great you are, undeserved praise is not going to happen here. You are going to get praise for your work ethic; you’re going to get praise for a job well done; but you’re going to deserve that praise, and you’re going to have to earn it. You’re going to carry yourself in such a way that when somebody gibes you that praise, you’ll pass it along to your teammates. We spend a lot of time on humility.”
Now that is a team I want to play on.