Practicing Humility and being Humble

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Appreciate others: Recognize other people’s achievements and publicly give them credit for it. By doing this, you are showing your appreciation to them. Offer to help others improve their ideas and allow all the credit to go to them.

Don’t be judgmental: Stop yourself from making sweeping judgments about others even before getting to know them. Humble people are not judgmental; instead they are compassionate and kind. Make an effort to know the person and understand them. Instead of judging someone for his actions or his looks, try to understand the person first. Put yourself in his shoes. Understand his circumstances. Once you do this, you’ll be better able to accept the person the way he is.

Accept criticism: Humble people do not fear criticism. Being willing to take an honest look at your weaknesses will help you grow. Constructive criticism opens you to new ideas and perspectives. When your work is criticized, stop your first reaction. Remember the benefit of getting good feedback. Listen to the person carefully. Focus on understanding his comments rather than analyzing. If you are unable to understand the issue, ask questions. Avoid engaging in a debate. Acknowledge the feedback and thank him for it.

Admit your mistakes: Humble people are quick to apologize and take responsibility for their mistakes. It’s one of the toughest things to do, but the more willingly you do it, the closer it will take you to humility. Plus, this is a great leadership quality.

Accept the individualism of others and yourself: Know that everyone is unique and it is this uniqueness that lets people grow and learn from each other. There is no need to conform. When you compare yourself to others, it makes you less aware of your qualities and skills.

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