10th Mar, 2022
One of the most important traits that you must develop, whatever your achievements or level of success, is Humility – the wonderful quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance.
As they say, ‘When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’
Cricketer Rahul Dravid was awarded with a doctorate degree by the University of Bangalore, which Rahul Dravid gracefully returned. Not only did he give back the degree, but he also gave a wonderful speech, he said “My wife is a doctor, she has spent countless sleepless nights and days to get this degree.
My mother is a professor of arts, she has waited a long fifty years for her degree with perseverance.
I worked hard to play cricket, but I didn’t study that much, so how can I accept this degree?”
Einstein was offered the Prime Ministership by the Israeli government in 1952. Einstein politely said, “I am an inexperienced student of physics. What do I understand about the governance and administration of a state!”
Grigori Perelman, the world-renowned mathematician, returned the Fields Medal in 2006 and a large sum of money, regarded as the equivalent of Nobel Prize in the field of Mathematics.
He said “We had a poverty driven childhood in our family. We had to manage in a very calculative manner to save mother’s earnings. Maybe that’s the reason why I was able to develop a little skill in mathematics since childhood.
Since that phase of poverty is not there anymore in my life, what do I do with so much money?”
Seeing the humility of these people, one has to bow down in respect and shame as well.
When we look at ourselves and introspect, we see in ourselves the image of how disobedient, arrogant, absurd a person we have been, compared to the philosophy of these guys.
These humble and down to earth people remind us over and over again that being humble does not mean that one gets less dignified in the eyes of the society, rather it portrays in them a much larger than life image.
‘Sky’s the limit for humbleness while there is no limit at all to stoop down to any level”.
Be humble and Stay Blessed Forever.
(Excerpts from my Book, Dear Son..Life Lessons from a father)