Learning to Stay Humble in a Competitive Society

Megan Smith
The Paw Print

Some times as college students we spend so much time focusing on reaching our goals and getting our degree that we forget one of the most important aspects of the college experience. Which is learning how to be humble.
Humility is not something that comes naturally to most, especially in the competitive society we live in. Everyday, people see others taking advantage of a situation trying to get ahead or make themselves look good and it really doesn’t do them justice. A humble person is someone who does not boast or try to impress, but someone who gives up things so another person can have a necessity they lack.
In the long run this good set of attributes to be seen, but is a very difficult to achieve.
I for one do no claim to be the most humble person, but it is an act that I plan on learning to the fullest extent for the rest of my life. This trait to be known for since being humble involves so many behaviors in our lives, and is really the opposite of the way most people are. If more college students made the effort to be this way their ability to learn would come with ease.
I’m a firm believer that a person who expects something in return for any act of kindness, no matter how big or small, and becomes upset when they receive nothing, is not showing humility. A truly humble person is fulfilled without the need for a thank you. To be humble is to try and look at oneself honestly, without illusions and with realism. It is unpleasant, but it is the reality.

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