Practicing Humility and being Humble

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Talk less, listen more: Actively listen to others in a conversation. Don’t try to dominate. Don’t interrupt or add corrections, even if the other person is wrong. Be eager to understand the other person’s viewpoint. Be genuinely interested in what others have to say. Ask questions. By doing this you are telling the other person that his view is important. By actively listening you will be seen as wise.

Ask questions: Despite what others think, asking a question doesn’t make you look less knowledgeable or uninformed. Instead, you will notice that people might be eager to help you, to teach you what you don’t know. Humble people dive deep into the minds of the people they are talking to. They ask questions and are genuinely interested in what the other person is saying.

Seek help when needed: Admit when you don’t understand or know something. Humble people are well-aware of the fact that no person has the answers to everything. So, they do not think twice before seeking help. They are willing to learn and become better.

Embrace acknowledgment: Let people know that you consider it a pleasure to receive the gift they are giving you – whether it’s a compliment or a gift. At times, it’s embarrassing to accept compliments or you may feel deflecting compliments is being humble, but it’s rude to the giver when you don’t receive their acknowledgement. So, no matter how uncomfortable it is for you, say a simple “Thank you.” Don’t elaborate or talk at length about it.

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