Humility: We Know It When We See (and Feel) It!

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When an Aaron Judge comes along, we’re spellbound.

That is if we know who Aaron Judge is.

A 25-year-old rookie right-fielder with the New York Yankees—a team known for producing “I’m the straw that stirs the drink” characters—Judge has taken the 2017 Major League Baseball world by storm.

And I’m not talking about his stats (current MLB home run leader), which are outstanding …

I’m talking about his demeanor, his attitude, his presence, and his persona.

Aaron Judge—the most exciting Bronx Bomber rookie to come along since Derek Jeter—is an exemplar of HUMILITY.

Recently, when asked by a reporter if he might still be sent back to the minor leagues (a tongue-in-cheek question), Judge said, “I might.”

He went on to say that in his phone “Notes,” at the top so he sees it daily, is this:


That was his less-than-mediocre batting average for the two months he played in the majors in late 2016.

A simple reminder of his humanness, no matter how many records he breaks or Sports Illustrated covers he graces in 2017.

New York Yankee manager, Joe Gerardi, stated that the characteristic of a great person is HUMILITY. We agree with that sentiment at QBQ, Inc. so much, we’ve written about HUMILITYa lot.

The QBQ! book:

“Humility is the cornerstone of leadership.”

The Outstanding! book:

“After making the big sale, delivering the project on time, launching a winning product, or landing a promotion, it can be seriously hard to show humility. Yet that’s what we find in outstanding organizations and see in outstanding people.”

The Raising Accountable Kids book:

“Humility and contrition are foundational to effective parenting, and it’s simply vital that we bring them to our families. A little ‘I’m sorry, I was wrong. I don’t know everything!’ goes a long way.”

The Flipping the Switch book:

“Encouraging the heart is a rare skill and a powerful form of service. Both at work and at home, we demonstrate humility and serve others by asking The Question Behind the Question (QBQ), ’What can I do right now to help another succeed?’”

The QBQ! Workbook

In our newest product, we have this practical application exercise:

“Name three people—friends, family, colleagues, public figures, professional athletes, celebrities—who you believe demonstrate humility.”

Hmm, would a humble person put his or her own name on that list? 🙂

Our human hunger for HUMILITY never ceases to amaze me. Over and over again, when superstars in sports, entertainment, business, and politics present themselves in a humble, contrite, and self-effacing manner, we are impressed.

And caught off-guard.

But when we experience HUMILITY, it seems to make us feel all “warm and fuzzy” inside.

And there’s simply nothing wrong with that!

Now, let’s do a practical application/discussion exercise right here:

Name something a humble person says and/or does as a matter of habit?

Comment away!


23 Responses

  1. People with “Humility” recognize those around them. The role they play, the service they provide or the friendship they share. They say “THANK YOU”! Not specifically for their Role, Service or Friendship but rather for their presence and support. Because with out others in the arena with us we are alone. Humility just might be the ability to recognize how much others support, encourage and create success around us. Rather than accepting credit they thank those that made it possible.

  2. Looks for the compliment rather than the complaint. Our social media crazed world is so apt to throw folks under the bus rather than look for the good in others. It would be so refreshing to see folks “share the good” they see others doing.

  3. People with humility have the ability to recognize the hand of God in All things and to recognize that without the hand of God in their lives they wouldn’t be where they are in life. People with humility also recognize the goodness and ability in others and express appreciation for their skills, work, talents and the good things they bring to their team, family, and friends. Thank you and appreciate your support of those with Humility!

  4. I have always been told that humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. I’ve used that definition a lot. Keeping God first – loving HIM and others – is always the key components of humility.

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