Humble But Hungry
Maintaining the balance between these two dispositions isn’t easy, but it’s essential if you want to grow.
Humility is the art of understanding who you truly are in this moment.
But hunger is the drive to overcome complacency and push yourself to become better.
Humility is hard to come by
There are people (I won’t name names) I’ve come across on social media who are obviously pretending to be something they are not. I’m sure you’ve come across similar people. Heck, we’ve all been that person.
We want to convey to the world a higher version of ourselves — one that is polished, sexy, smart, and capable.
People will like me if I’m good looking. People will follow me if I sound smart. People will trust me if I’m successful…
We all want to be the best. But instead of putting in the work, we put up a front. It’s the easier path to take.
To share with the world your goals, your dreams, your vulnerabilities, and your fears takes courage. To accept the real you takes super-human strength.
Humility is undervalued. It opens up the possibility of knowing where you stand. It gives you a realistic vision of your journey ahead. It differentiates what circumstances you can work around and what problems you can solve.
Humility instills trust in your intuition.
But to be humble, even within the midst of success, requires you to look at your life with perspective. If you are lucky, you have another 60 or 70 years left to live. In the grand scheme of things, the impact you will have on this world is most likely to be small.
This thought is discouraging to some, but here’s where hunger plays a roll…
You need to stay hungry to survive in the wild
Here’s a fact: you are alive right now. You didn’t have a choice to be here, but here you are. The odds of your life — let alone life in general — existing is so small, it’s surprising we wake up every Monday with a twinge of anxiety.
You’re living in a freaking miracle, what are you doing about it?
In the wild, a hungry animal is a dangerous animal. In the wild you don’t wait to be fed like a pet, you hunt. Complacency kills.
Unlike humility, hunger requires animosity towards your status quo. It burns deep within your soul. It craves more from you and never lets you settle.
There are people (again, I won’t name names) who complain about their life, their job, their status but do nothing about it. They take zero action to improve their situation. They aren’t hungry enough. They gorge themselves on frivolous pleasures and distractions. They won’t survive in the wild.
Hunger fosters action. Without hunger, we’d forget to eat.
Maintaining the balance
Believing you’re not the best, but knowing you can be the best is a unique juxtaposition. To be in possession of both requires patience and a system of checks and balances to ensure one are doesn’t dominate the other.
However, if you are able to maintain a healthy balance between the two, you’ll be able to:
- Attract people who genuinely care about you
- Accomplish your goals and not fall into the success trap
- Not care what other people think about you
- Inspire others to go after their dreams
- Live life with a sense of peace
Be humble, but stay hungry.