What is the drivingforce of a young individual? What is it that urges them to move forward andlook for new challenges and achievements? This is a question that has as manyanswers as there are people on Planet Earth who would try to reply to it. Some peoplemight say that it is the ambition, others might say it is the desire to becomefamous, still others would just say it is the willingness to surpass theexpectations of your parents or those of your loved ones.If I was asked thisquestion, while admitting that all these responses are right, I would answerthat it is the ability to remain humble whatever your achievement or youraptitude is. These are not just words, since I do believe that the moment youlose sight of your humility you fail to see the further need to improve anddevelop and to accept new challenges that life keeps in store for you.So, what is humility?To me it is the ability to be honest with yourself and to bring out the best inyourself without getting too proud or arrogant. It is your inner strength thatenables you to accept your weaknesses without underestimating your aptitudes.It is the skill of being able to appreciate help and express gratitude withoutundermining your self-esteem.
It is the willingness to be open to new ideaswithout over criticizing yourself.As far as I amconcerned, I have to confess that it has not always been easy to be humbleespecially in terms of academic performance. Whenever I am asked to introducemyself it is often difficult for me to speak about my accomplishments, since Iam afraid that I can end up sounding too proud of myself.
But both in terms ofacademic and personal achievements I never let success go to my head. It can sometimes be difficult but I masteredthis strategy first of all thanks to my parents who never praised me too muchhowever big my achievement was. (For instance, even after leaving school with honorsI did not hear a lot of praise). When I was younger I did not understand whythey had this attitude, but now I know for sure that they just wanted tochallenge me.
And in this they were right. This attitude urged me to want toimprove my performance even more and to look for ways to excel in life. This desire resulted in being accepted byDrew University where I am doing major in Business. To conclude, I would like to emphasize that humilityis not about being unaware of your strengths. On the contrary, it helps you tobe better aware of yourself.
It helps you to be generous and thankful. It makespeople around you appreciate you as a human being. As Rick Warren said in his bookentitled the Purpose Drive life, “Truehumility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”