Humility ends when entitlement and expectation begin

We can operationalize humility as the outcome of (1) awareness of the limits of our thoughts and agency and (2) acting accordingly. The moment we become unaware of our limits, we either overestimate ourselves and become proud; or underestimate ourselves and become “falsely humble”.

The great thing about action is that it puts to the test what we think we know; nothing is as practical as a good theory that is tested. When we also embrace attentive awareness and responsible actions, we also build real confidence instead of fluff and bluffs.

It is through thoughtful iterative actions that we cultivate a synergy of humility and confidence. And it is in these synergy where we also act on ideas whose time has come.

This is where real power resides.


Matthew 23:1-12. Anyone who raises himself up will be humbled, and anyone who humbles himself will be raised up.

[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 232: AUGUST 20, 2022]

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